Dr. Wesley Reisser
United States Department of State
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 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’s 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. He is the 2007 National Geography Bowl Champion. 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.