Kate Weaver is Associate Professor and MGPS Graduate Advisor at the LBJ School. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. From 2001-2002, she was a Brookings Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and from 2002-2008 an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Weaver's research focuses on the culture, behavior and reform of international financial institutions, foremost the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as issues of transparency and accountability in international development aid. Most recently, she has been working on developing and testing methodologies to track and dynamically geomap international development aid and climate adaptation resources using GIS technology and fieldwork in Africa. She also conducts research on a wide range of issues related to the shifting power, players and paradigms in global economic governance.
Dr. Weaver is currently co-director (with Dr. Mike Findley) of Innovations for Peace and Development at UT and co-principal investigator on the UT sub award for a multiyear, $25 million collaborative partnership grant (with AidData, ESRI, Development Gateway and Brigham Young University), funded by the United States Agency for International Development's Higher Education Solutions Network. She is also a core researcher in the Strauss Center's program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), a multiyear research project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative. Dr. Weaver is the author of the award-winning Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008); co-editor (with Nicola Phillips) of International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (Routledge Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Manuella Moschella) of Handbook of Global Economic Governance (Routledge Press, 2013). In addition to several book chapters, she has also published articles in Global Governance, Journal of International Relations and Development, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Review of International Organizations and PS: Politics and Political Science. She serves on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly and Review of International Political Economy.