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Erika S. Weinthal

Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy
Environmental Sciences and Policy
Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4119, Durham, NC 27708


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”. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy · 2014 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
Co-Director of the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI · 2018 - Present John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Director of Graduate Studies of the University Program in Environmental Policy · 2023 - Present Nicholas School of the Environment
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2014 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University · 2022 - Present DKU Faculty
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2014 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
Affiliate of the Duke Center for International Development · 2023 - Present Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

Columbia University · 1998 Ph.D.
Columbia University · 1994 M.Phil.
Oberlin College · 1989 B.A.