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Susan Weaver


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Susan Weaver
Phone: 937-229-1991
SJH 201


  • She/Her/Hers


  • Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, 2021
  • M.A., Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, 2016
  • MPA, University of Dayton, 2014
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Dayton, 2010


  • Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, Syracuse N.Y., 2017
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership, University of Dayton, 2014


Susan Weaver is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. She specializes in gender and international relations, post-conflict development and peacebuilding, the politics of human rights and human security.

Her current research focuses on gender mainstreaming in World Bank development projects in conflict-affected states, specifically the extent to which development projects are inclusive of women in post-conflict spaces and supportive of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda outlined by the U.N. Security Council. Her teaching interests are at the intersection of social sciences (political science specifically), and women and gender studies, with a focus on addressing and reducing social, economic and political inequalities.

Courses taught

  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • United Nations System: Theory and Practice
  • Gendered Global Inequalities (SSC 200)

Professional activities and affiliations

  • American Political Science Association 2015-present
  • International Studies Association 2014-present
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society 2011-14

Research interests

  • International Relations and Development
  • Feminist IR
  • Gender
  • Post-Conflict Development and Peacebuilding
  • Human Rights and Security

Selected presentations

Financing Gender Equality: Gender Mainstreaming in Post-Conflict Development.” Midwest Political Science Association Virtual Conference, April 2021.

Financing Gender Equality in Post-Conflict Development.”
Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, April 2020. (Cancelled for COVID-19)
International Studies Association Mid-West Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 2019.
International Studies Association West Conference in Pasadena, CA, Sept. 2019.

Gendering the Political Economy of Peacebuilding.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, April 2018.

"Financing Gender: Locating Women in Post-Conflict Development," 2017, ISA Northeast Annual Conference, Providence, R.I., Nov. 2017

Universal Primary Education: The Development of a Global Norm.
International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 2017.
International Studies Association Northeast Conference in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 2016.
The 6th Annual Graduate Research Forum, University of Delaware in Newark, Del., April 2016.

"State Supported Foster Care: A Matter of Human Rights?," 2013, The Social Practice of Human Rights Bi-Annual Conference, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 2013.