Thomas G. Weiss holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Since 1998, when he first came to the Graduate Center, he has served as director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. A leading expert on the United Nations and on humanitarian intervention, Weiss has written extensively about international organizations, conflict management, humanitarian action, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, North-South relations, and U.S. foreign policy. He is sole author of eight books, is coauthor or editor of forty, and has published more than two hundred articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a book titled “Can the World Be Governed?” and is editing International Organization and Global Governance.
Weiss has held leadership positions and professional posts in academic research institutes and in prominent nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, among them Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, the Academic Council on the UN System, the International Peace Academy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Weiss served as president of the International Studies Association (ISA) (2009–10), editor of Global Governance (2000–05), and director of the UN Intellectual History Project (1999–2010). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and ISA, he currently is editor of the book series “Global Institutions” (Routledge) and serves on eight editorial boards.