Jeremy Weinstein named director of Stanford Global Studies

Jeremy Weinstein
Jeremy Weinstein, Photo by Rod Searcey

Political scientist JEREMY WEINSTEIN has been named as the new Fisher Family Director of the Stanford Global Studies Division.

Weinstein, who joined Stanford in 2004, also has served as deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, before that, as chief of staff at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

During President Obama’s first term, he was director for development and democracy on the National Security Council staff from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining the White House, Weinstein served as an adviser to the Obama campaign.

“It is a privilege to take over the leadership of SGS after a set of extraordinary leaders, including most recently Norman Naimark,” said Weinstein, who has also served as director of the Center for African Studies. “SGS occupies a really central place on the Stanford campus and in the School of Humanities and Sciences as the meeting point for a set of educational and research activities around issues of global and regional importance.”

“Stanford Global Studies is central to the university’s goal to prepare students to be responsible, engaged citizens in our complex and interdependent world,” said Richard Saller, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, in making the announcement. “Jeremy’s expertise on transnational issues such as human rights, democracy and development, combined with his deep interest in area studies and experience in government, make him a perfect fit for this position. I look forward to seeing SGS thrive under his leadership.”

In a question and answer interview posted on the SGS website, Weinstein said he looks forward to engaging across the area studies centers at Stanford and to helping students “acquire a global competency, a readiness, to pursue their career ambitions, but to do so in a way where they have the language ability, the local and contextual knowledge and the understand of global issues to be effective.”

Read more of Weinstein’s interview on the Stanford Global Studies website.