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Erika S. Weinthal, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy and International Comparative Studies and Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Erika S. Weinthal

Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security with a particular emphasis on water and energy. Current areas of research include (1) global environmental politics and governance, (2) environmental conflict and peacebuilding, (3) the political economy of the resource curse, and (4) 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. 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 (Cambridge University Press 2010) and co-edited Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Earthscan Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press 2018). She is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and a co-editor of 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”. 

Contact Info:
Office Location:  9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-8080
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2022):

    LSRC A247, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 244.01, ENVIRON 147.01, JEWISHST 148.01, POLSCI 159.01, PUBPOL 178.01, RIGHTS 148.01)

Ph.D.Columbia University1998
M.Phil.Columbia University1994
MA Political ScienceColumbia University1993
B.A.Oberlin College1989

environmental policy
water quality
environmental values

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Sowers, J; Weinthal, E, Health and environmental tolls of protracted conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, Current History, vol. 120 no. 830 (December, 2021), pp. 339-345 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Bernstein, S; Hoffmann, M; Weinthal, E, Introduction, Global Environmental Politics, vol. 21 no. 3 (August, 2021), pp. 1-3 [doi]
  3. Redmon, JH; Kondash, AJ; Womack, D; Lillys, T; Feinstein, L; Cabrales, L; Weinthal, E; Vengosh, A, Is Food Irrigated with Oilfield-Produced Water in the California Central Valley Safe to Eat? A Probabilistic Human Health Risk Assessment Evaluating Trace Metals Exposure., Risk Analysis : an Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis, vol. 41 no. 8 (August, 2021), pp. 1463-1477 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Sowers, J; Weinthal, E, Humanitarian challenges and the targeting of civilian infrastructure in the Yemen war, International Affairs, vol. 97 no. 1 (January, 2021), pp. 157-177 [doi]
  5. Ide, T; Bruch, C; Carius, A; Conca, K; Dabelko, GD; Matthew, R; Weinthal, E, The past and future(s) of environmental peacebuilding, International Affairs, vol. 97 no. 1 (January, 2021), pp. 1-16 [doi]  [abs]

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