Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

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Patricia Weitsman 
Professor, Political Science; Director, War and Peace Studies, Center for International Studies

229 Bentley Annex


Patricia A. Weitsman is Professor of Political Science and Director of War and Peace Studies. She did her undergraduate work at Indiana University, spending one year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Weitsman's areas of research and specialization are in international relations, with an emphasis on international security and international relations theory. She held fellowships at Columbia University, the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Dr. Weitsman is author of Dangerous Alliances: Proponents of Peace, Weapons of War, Stanford University Press, 2004, and Waging War: Alliances, Coalitions, and Institutions of Interstate Violence, Stanford University Press, 2014. She is co-author of The Politics of Policy Making in Defense and Foreign Affairs (1993), co-editor of Towards a New Europe (1995), and Enforcing Cooperation (1997).  She also has a co-edited volume under review, Women and Human Security: Challenges of Conflict and Global Change. Her research has been published in numerous edited volumes as well as journals in the field, including Security Studies,  Journal of Peace Research, Comparative Political Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Strategic Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics and in a number of newspapers, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune,  Guardian, and the Columbus Dispatch.

Weitsman was nominated and elected to the governing board of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association(ISA) in 2006. In 2009, she was selected as Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the section. She served as Chair of ISSS from 2011-2013. The International Security Studies Section of ISA has nearly 1,400 members. It is the largest section of the organization and the largest organization of security studies scholars in the world. In addition to the ISSS awards of Distinguished Scholar, Best Book, and Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, ISSS co-hosts an annual conference with the International Security and Arms Control Section of APSA. In 2013, she was appointed and approved to serve on ISA's .Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession  

Weitsman received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, and she won the University Professor award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award and was the Ohio University Graduate Commencement Speaker in 2009.

In 2010, she helped create a new interdisciplinary War and Peace Studies major and certificate program as well as a graduate certificate program under the auspices of the Center for International Studies. She became Director of War and Peace Studies in the summer of 2012.

Weitsman also serves as a fitness instructor at the Fox Family YMCA in Lancaster ( She teaches a boot camp class (Instructor's Choice PM) as well as assistant instructs kickboxing (Just Kickin' It). Her family was awarded the Y's Family Members of the Year in 2011 for service to the organization. In spring 2012, she received the Character Development Award from the Y for her journey from peak condition to bone marrow transplant patient back to fitness instructor. She spoke of her experiences at the YMCA's Annual Meeting and Taste of Lancaster and in her "First Lecture," which she delivered August 29, 2012, with her primary care hematologist Dr. William Blum. You can watch the lecture at or read her survivor story at 

Weitsman is on medical leave spring semester 2014.