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Edward Weisband

Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences

Name, Title
Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Political Science

Department of Political Science
501 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5298 |

Since coming to Virginia Tech in 1990, Professor Weisband has focused his research on international monitoring regimes, global accountabilities, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and core international labor standards. In 1991, Professor Weisband was the first American to have been invited to participate as a Scholar-in-Residence by the ILO International Institute of Labor Studies in its International Labor Studies Program. In 1995, the ILO commissioned him to examine Industrial and Sectoral Committees, its largest multilateral program dealing with international labor issues on a sectoral or industry-to-industry basis. The ILO subsequently published his analysis that, in turn, generated a series of sectoral committee reform proposals. These proposals were subsequently included in an ILO working document submitted to the ILO Governing Body. During 1996-1997, this document, that included several proposals initiated by the Weisband report, was debated, amended and in some instances adopted by delegations representing over 160 ILO member states.

  • International Labor Standards
  • Global Ethics
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Aid
  • Political Economy
  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, Princeton University
  • The Edward Singleton Diggs Endowed Chair Professorship in the Social Sciences
  • Virginia Tech Washington Semester in the Northern Capital Region, former Academic Director
  • Virginia Tech University Honors Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Award Selection Committee, former Chair
  • Founding Member of the Organized Section on Human Rights, American Political Science Association
  • Favorite Faculty Award, Virginia Tech, 2014.
  • Inducted Lifetime Member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, 1992.
  • Appointment to the Edward Singleton Diggs Endowed Chair, Virginia Tech, 1990.


Weisband, E. The Macabresque: Human Violation and Hate in Genocide, Mass Atrocity and Enemy-Making. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Weisband, E. Political Culture and the Making of Modern Nation-States (with Courtney I. P. Thomas), Paradigm Press, 2015.

Weisband, E. International Political Economy: Navigating the Logic Streams: An Introduction (with Courtney I. P. Thomas), Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010.

Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics, (co-editor with Alnoor Ebrahim and contributor), Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Journal Articles

Weisband, E. “On the Aporetic Borderlines of Forgiveness: Bereavement as a Political Form,” Alternatives 34:4 (2009) 359-381.

Weisband, E. “The Virtues of Virtue: Social Capital, Network Governance, and Corporate Social Responsibility,” American Behavioral Scientist, 52:6 (2009) 905-918, Special Edition: Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance: Charting the Currents of Change.

Weisband, E. “Discursive Multilateralism: Global Benchmarks, Shame, and Learning in the ILO Labor Standards Monitoring Regime,” International Studies Quarterly Vol. 44, No. 4, December 2000.

Weisband, E. and Colvin, C. J.. “Freedom of Association Violations: An Empirical Analysis of International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) Annual Surveys,” Human Rights Quarterly Vol. 22, No. 1, February 2000.

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