Virginia Haufler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is affiliated with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. 

Her research focuses on the changing nature of governance in the global political economy, especially the role of transnational corporations and corporate social responsibility. Her current study examines how international regulation of the private sector addresses conflict and corruption issues. 

From 2011-to 2021, Virginia restructured and directed the Global Communities Living-Learning Program, introducing first-year students to scholarship and experiences exploring globalization, global issues, and intercultural understanding. She has been a visiting scholar at University College London, University of California-Irvine, the University of Southern California, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has an M.A./Ph.D from Cornell University and a dual B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. 

 Virginia has authored and co-edited several books, most recently A Public Role for the Private Sector: Industry Self-Regulation in a Global Economy (2001), Private Authority and International Affairs (1999), and  Dangerous Commerce: State and Market in the International Risks Insurance Regime (1997).