Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Prof. Dr. Thomas G. Weiss


Portrait Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He directed the United Nations Intellectual History Project (1999–2010) and was President of the International Studies Association (2009–2010), Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2006–2009), editor of Global Governance, Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System and of the International Peace Academy, a member of the UN secretariat, and a consultant to several public and private agencies.

He has authored or edited some 45 books and 200 articles and book chapters about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.

Research Concentrations

United Nations. International peace and security. Humanitarian action and human rights. Sustainable development. Global Governance.

Function within the Center

Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (August–December 2012)
Research project “Global Governance: Why? What? Whither?”

Selected Publications

Latest authored volumes are:

Global Governance. Why? What? Whither?, (2013);

Humanitarian Business (2013, forthcoming);

The United Nations and Changing World Politics, 7th edition (2013 forthcoming); 

Humanitarianism Intervention: Ideas in Action, 2nd edition (2012);

What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It, 2nd edition (2012);

Thinking about Global Governance, Why People and Ideas Matter (2011);

Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread (2011);

Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (2010); and

UN Ideas That Changed the World (2009).


Presidential Professor and Director
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5203, New York, NY 10016
tel: (212) 817-2100 and fax: (212) 817-1565
e-mail: tweiss[at]gc.cuny.edu