Sidney Weintraub had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State before coming to the LBJ School in 1976 as the first holder of the endowed Dean Rusk Chair. Among his positions were Chief of Commercial Policy in the State Department, Economic Counselor and Director of the U.S. AID program in Chile, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development, and Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Professor Weintraub, who has a Ph.D. in economics from the American University, was the founding director of the LBJ School's Program in U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies. He has directed a number of policy research projects related to international affairs, including studies of the use of public services by undocumented aliens in Texas, the operations of the U.S.-Canada automotive pact, the impact of tourism on Mexico's economy, and the impact on Texas of free trade with Mexico. International affairs--particularly issues regarding trade, the international monetary system, and relations between developed and developing nations--are his primary policy interest. He has written over 100 articles, books, monographs, chapters, and commissioned papers.
Professor Weintraub is the holder of the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.