Thomas G. Weiss
Position: Presidential Professor
Programs: Political Science | MA Liberal Studies
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-2100
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Princeton University
Research Interests: international organizations and global governance

Thomas G. Weiss holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Between 1998, when he first came to The Graduate Center, and 2014, he served as director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He is also Co-Chair, Cultural Heritage at Risk Project, J. Paul Getty Trust; Distinguished Fellow, Global Governance, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Global Eminence Scholar, Kyung Hee University, Korea. 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the International Studies Association’s 2016 Distinguished IO Scholar. 

Weiss is a leading expert on the United Nations and on humanitarian intervention. He 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 ten books, is coauthor or editor of more than forty other books, and has published more than 250 articles and book chapters. His recent single- or co-authored books include: Rethinking Global Governance (2019); The United Nations and Changing World Politics (2019); Would the World Be Better without the UN? (2018); Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond (2018); Humanitarianism Intervention: Ideas in Action (2016); What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It (2016); Governing the World? Addressing “Problems without Passports” (2014); Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? (2013); and Humanitarian Business (2013).

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.