photo: Esther Brimmer

Esther Brimmer

J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs
Suite 501D
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-9542

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the United Nations system, the European Union as an international actor, U.S.-European relations, changing issues in international peace and security, conflict prevention, international human rights


Dr. Brimmer's career includes serving at the U.S. Department of State three times, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs in from April 2009 to June 2013. She was a member of the Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001 and from 1993-1995 was special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

She was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2001-2009 and was a member of the SAIS faculty. She also taught at the College of Europe in Belgium. From 1995-1999 she was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier she served on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Immediately after earning her doctorate she spent two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Dr. Brimmer has published several articles and monographs and edited eight books on transatlantic and international affairs.


D. Phil., Oxford University