Erika Weinthal is a Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  She specializes in global environmental politics and environmental security. Her book — State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic Politics and International Politics in Central Asia (MIT Press 2002) — was the recipient of 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 co-edited Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Shoring Up Peace (Earthscan Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press 2017). Her current project is on the targeting of infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa, in which she has coauthored articles in International Affairs and Security Dialogue.  At Duke University, she is a member of the Bass Society of Fellows. She is an Editor at Global Environmental Politics. She is also a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association and serves as a Vice-President. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Women Peacebuilders for Water Award under the auspices of “Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015”. 

As a participant in the Scholarship, Advocacy and Activism: Duke Faculty Perspectives on Human Rights series, sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Weinthal talks about her research on the role of natural resources in conflict and peace making and on access to water and sanitation in the aftermath of war.