Jessica L. P. Weeks

Position title: Professor of Political Science and H. Douglas Weaver Chair in Diplomacy and International Relations


Phone: (608) 263-2390

412 North Hall


Personal Website


Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University, June 2009

M.A., International History and Politics, Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva), June 2003

B.A., Political Science,The Ohio State University, June 2001

Research Interests:

Foreign Policy, Non-democracy, Peace, Political Institutions, Public Opinion, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Domestic Politics of Foreign Policy, the Domestic and International Politics of Authoritarian Regimes, and Public Opinion about Foreign Policy


Her research has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsInternational Organization, and World Politics. Her book, Dictators at War and Peaceexplores the domestic politics of international conflict in dictatorships, and was published in 2014 in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series at Cornell University Press. Weeks is the 2018 recipient of the International Studies Association Karl Deutsch Award, recognizing the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations.

Professor Weeks received her B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2001, a Master’s degree in international history from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2003, and a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2009. Prior to joining the Wisconsin faculty, Professor Weeks was an Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University.


PS 400: Comparative Foreign Policy Spring 2018-2019
PS 170 Research Methods in Political Science Fall 2018-2019
PS 960 Seminar-International Relations Fall 2018-2019
PS 940 Domestic Politics of International Relations Spring 2017-2018
PS 170 Research Methods in Political Science Spring 2017-2018



2019 Honored Instructor Award, University Housing


Vilas Associates Award.

2018 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the International Studies Association.


Named Honored Instructor in Spring 2015 Honored Instructors Program.


Honored Instructor in UW Housing’s Spring 2015 Honored Instructors Program