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Associate Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics; B.A. in sociology from Brandeis University, and M.P.A. from Princeton University.

John Weingart has been associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics since 2000. He directs the Institute's Center on the American Governor and Arthur J. Holland Ethics in Government Program. He also oversees the graduate Eagleton Fellowship Program and helps lead the Undergraduate Associates Program in which he teaches the capstone course. His interests include public policy for issues involving considerations of risk, public participation in government, and, more generally, the vitality of the infrastructure of government. He also writes columns and is a frequently quoted source in media reports on politics, government and public policy.

Weingart's prior experience in government includes work – primarily on environmental and land use issues –during the administrations of two Democratic and two Republican governors. His accomplishments include helping to write and implement New Jersey's coastal zone management program and Hudson River Walkway Plan and directing a state commission's unusual public process encouraging municipalities to consider volunteering to host a disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste.

While at Eagleton, Weingart served as the gubernatorially-appointed inaugural chair of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council, leading the Council through its first hundred-plus public meetings and hearings to the adoption of a comprehensive regional land use plan covering much of northwestern New Jersey. His publications include the book, Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind: Risk, Radiation and Distrust of Government; the Eagleton Institute study, Another Government Success Story: Citizen Volunteers on New Jersey State Boards and Commissions; and an earlier book written with Arthur E. Levine, Reform of Undergraduate Education.

On Sunday evenings, Weingart hosts Music You Can't Hear On The Radio, New Jersey's premiere radio program of folk music, bluegrass and other American roots music, broadcast live on WPRB-FM and Weingart holds a B.A. in sociology from Brandeis University and a master's in public affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.