Office of Civil Rights
June 5, 2013

Date: 06/05/2013 Description: 2013 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month: Wesley Reisser - State Dept Image Wesley Reisser is a member of the State Department’s civil service, where he has spent the past ten years working mostly on Middle Eastern issues, first serving as the consular desk officer for Israel, Egypt, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates, and then as a desk officer in the Office of Israel & Palestinian Affairs, and currently as an officer in the International Organizations (IO) Bureau’s Office of Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs. While serving in IO, Dr. Reisser has had a range of responsibilities including work on Israeli-Palestinian issues; human rights in Iran, Syria, Belarus, and Libya; Palestinian refugees; and creating a policy on promoting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Dr. Reisser holds a bachelors degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in international affairs and history from The George Washington University, and a master's degree in geography from the same institution that focuses on borders and peace settlements. 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 is a professor of geography at the George Washington University where he teaches 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 April, 2012. Besides his professional work, in 2011 Dr. Reisser founded an Eastern European dance group in DC called Carpathia, and is the 2007 National Geography Bowl Champion.