photo: Esther Brimmer

Esther Brimmer

Title:
Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Office:
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 European Union; U.S.-European relations; the United Nations; emerging powers and international politics; and international human rights

Background

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.

Dr. Brimmer served as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs from 2013 through 2015. 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. She currently serves as an adjunct senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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

Education

D. Phil., Oxford University