Geography 2050

Dr. Wesley Reisser

U.S. State Department

Dr. Wesley Reisser is a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department, where he has worked mostly on Middle Eastern and European issues, human rights, and the United Nations, including work on Israel-Palestinian negotiations, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. He also has experience developing foreign policy to address the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people around the world. Dr. Reisser holds a Bachelor's degree, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in International Affairs and History from the George Washington University, and a Masters Degree in Geography, focusing on borders and peace settlements, from the same institution. In 2010, he completed a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA with a dissertation on American border proposals and peacemaking efforts following World War I. Dr. Reisser teaches geography at the George Washington University, including courses on political geography and energy resources. He is a regular lecturer on Middle East Geography, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Middle East Peace at the State Department Foreign Service Institute. His first book, “The Black Book: Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Plan for Peace” was published in 2012, and his second book, “Energy Resources: From Science to Society” was released in 2018. He has since joined the author team for the popular world regional geography “Globalization & Diversity” textbooks. In 2011, he founded the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, a Central and Eastern European dance group, in Washington, DC. Dr. Reisser is the 2007 National Geography Bowl Champion.