Erika Weinthal, Ph.D. | Duke Kunshan University

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Erika Weinthal, Ph.D.

Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University
Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke Kunshan University

Areas of expertise: 

 Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security with a particular emphasis on water and energy. Current areas of research include global environmental politics and governance, environmental conflict and peacebuilding, the political economy of the resource curse, and climate change adaptation. Dr. Weinthal’s research spans multiple geographic regions, including the Soviet successor states, the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa, and North America. 


Ph.D., Columbia University (1998)
M.Phil., Columbia University (1994)
B.A., Oberlin College (1989)

Dr. Weinthal is author of State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and International Politics in Central Asia (MIT Press 2002), which received the 2003 Chadwick Alger Prize and the 2003 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize. She has co-authored, Oil is not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Soviet Successor States (Cambridge University Press 2010) and has co-edited, Water and Post-conflict Peacebuilding: Shoring Up Peace (Routledge/Earthscan Press, 2014). She is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding. Dr. Weinthal is also an Editor at Global Environmental Politics. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Women Peacebuilders for Water Award under the auspices of “Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015”.

In the News: 


Erika Weinthal Helps Develop New Online Course on Environmental Security for UNEP


The New Middle Eastern Wars: To Protect Civilians, Protect Environmental Infrastructure


Water as a basic human right within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Contact Info: 

Box 90328

Durham, NC 27708-0328

9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119

Durham, NC 27708

 (919) 613-8080