Tom Weiss is presidential professor at The City University of New York Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. He is also co-director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) project.
He has degrees from Harvard and Brown Universities and a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He also undertook advanced graduate studies at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
During the 1980s, he spent ten years in UNCTAD Geneva specializing in trade and development projects. He was subsequently deputy director at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University before moving to New York in 1998. He has written widely about the United Nations in the economic, security and humanitarian arenas and is a leading authority on UN history and politics. He has just finished directing the decade-long UN Intellectual History Project (which produced 17 volumes and an extensive oral history archive).
He was the editor of the journal Global Governance from 2000-05; chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) from 2006-10; and president, International Studies Association from 2009-10.
Selected 5 relevant for this proposal:
2010: Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey, with Ramesh Thakur, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2009: UN Ideas That Changed the World, with Richard Jolly and Louis Emmerij, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It, Cambridge: Polity Press.
2008: Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics, edited with Michael Barnett, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
2007: The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, edited with Sam Daws, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action, Cambridge, Polity Press.
2006:UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice, with Tatiana Carayannis, Louis Emmerij, and Richard Jolly, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.