Bio


Jeremy M. Weinstein is Associate Professor of Political Science, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Ford-Dorsey Director of African Studies at Stanford University. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C.

His research focuses on civil wars and political violence; ethnic politics and the political economy of development; and democracy, accountability, and political change. He is the author of Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence (Cambridge University Press), which received the William Riker Prize for the best book on political economy. He is also the co-author of Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action (Russell Sage Foundation), which received the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best book in comparative politics. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, World Policy Journal, and the SAIS Review.

Weinstein received the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award in 2013. The award is given to a scholar younger than 40 or within 10 years of earning a Ph.D. who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He also received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford in 2007.

He served as Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House between 2009 and 2011. In this capacity, he played a key role in the National Security Council’s work on global development, democracy and human rights, and anti-corruption, with a global portfolio. Among other issues, Weinstein was centrally involved in the development of President Obama’s Policy Directive on Global Development and associated efforts to reform and strengthen USAID, promote economic growth, and increase the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance across the board; led efforts at the White House to develop a robust international anti-corruption agenda, which included the creation of the G-20 Action Plan on Anti-Corruption, the design and launch of the Open Government Partnership, and the successful legislative passage and internationalization of a ground-breaking extractive industries disclosure requirement; and played a significant role in developing the Administration’s policy in response to the Arab Spring, including focused work on Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and others. Before joining the White House staff, Weinstein served as an advisor to the Obama campaign and, during the transition, as a member of the National Security Policy Working Group and the Foreign Assistance Agency Review Team.

Weinstein obtained a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College, and an MA and PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on a number of non-profit boards including Global Integrity, the International Budget Partnership, and MySociety.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Member of the All-College Academic Second Team, U.S.A. Today Scholarship Competition (1996)
  • Sara Kaign Cooper Scholarship, Outstanding Junior, Swarthmore College (1996)
  • The Dean’s Award for Service, Swarthmore College (1997)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa (1997)
  • The Ivy Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior, Swarthmore College (1997)
  • Derek Bok Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (2000)
  • Joseph Levenson Memorial Teaching Award, Awarded to the Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Harvard University (2000)
  • Sage Prize for Best Paper in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association (2005)
  • Gregory Luebbert Prize for Best Article Published in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association (2007)
  • Award for Best Article, African Politics Conference Group (2007)
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the First Years of Teaching, Stanford University (2008)
  • Michael Wallerstein Award for Best Article in Political Economy, American Political Science Association (2008)
  • William Riker Prize for Best Book in Political Economy, American Political Science Association (2008)
  • Heinz Eulau Award for Best Article in the American Political Science Review, American Political Science Review (2008)
  • Gregory Luebbert Prize for Best Book in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association (2010)
  • Karl Deutsch Award, The International Studies Association (2013)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member of the Board of Trustees, MySociety (2013 - Present)
  • Member of the IBP Council, International Budget Partnership (2012 - Present)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Global Integrity (2012 - Present)
  • Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2012 - Present)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees Committees: Social Responsibility, Development, Academic Affairs, Swarthmore College (1999 - 2003)
  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2003 - 2008)
  • Member, Committee to Evaluate U.S. Democracy Assistance Programming, National Academy of Sciences (2007 - 2009)
  • Member, Laboratory in Comparative Ethnic Processes (LiCEP) (2000 - 2004)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Political Economy and Government, Harvard University (2003)
  • M.A., Harvard University, Political Economy and Government (2001)
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, Political Science, Economics, and Public Policy (1997)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


ivil war; ethnic politics; political economy of development; Africa

2014-15 Courses


Journal Articles


  • Transforming Multilateralism: Innovat ion on a Global Stage Stanford Social Innovation Review Weinstein , J. 2013
  • The Benefits of a Big Tent: Opening Up Government in Developing Countries UCLA Law Review Discourse Weinstein , J. 2012
  • Is it Africa's Turn? Progress in the World's Poorest Region Boston Review Weinstein , J. M. 2008; 33
  • It has been difficult to find evidence of democracy’s economic dividends: Comment on Miguel Boston Reivew Weinstein , J. 2008
  • Better Institutions, Not Partition Foreign Affairs Weinstein , J., Habyarimana , J., Humphreys , M., Posner , D. 2008
  • Africa's Revolutionary Deficit Foreign Policy Weinstein , J. M. 2007
  • Rebuilding weak states FOREIGN AFFAIRS Eizenstat, S. E., Porter, J. E., Weinstein, Y. M. 2005; 84 (1): 134-?
  • New Threat of Terror in the Western Hemisphere SAIS Weinstein , J. M. 2003; 23 (1)
  • Mozambique: A fading UN success story JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY Weinstein, J. M. 2002; 13 (1): 141-156
  • Africa's "scramble for Africa" - Lessons of a continental war WORLD POLICY JOURNAL Weinstein, J. M. 2000; 17 (2): 11-20
  • Community Service Learning as Democratic Education in South Africa and the United States Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Weinstein , J. M., Mendel-Reyes, M. 1996

Books and Book Chapters


  • Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action Weinstein , J. M., Habyarimana, J., Humphreys, M., Posner , D. N. Russell Sage Foundation Publications . 2009
  • Assessing Progress toward Demobilizatio n and Reintegration in Sierra Leone In Securing Protection: Reconsidering Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Weinstein , J., Humphreys , M. Routlege Press . 2009
  • Why Are Co - Ethnics Believed to be More Trustworthy? Whom Can We Trust? How Groups, Networks, and Institutions Make Trust Possible Weinstein , J., Habyarimana , J., Humphreys , M., Posner , D. Russell Sage Foundation . 2009
  • Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research Weinstein , J. M. The National Academies Press. 2008
  • Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence Weinstein , J. M. Cambridge University Press. 2006
  • On the Brink: Weak States and US National Security Weinstein , J. The Center for Global Development. 2004