The Hon. Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies honors the late Rochester-area politician and diplomat, Barber Conable, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1964-1984) and as president of the World Bank (1986-1991). The Conable Chair was made possible with a generous starting gift from the Starr Foundation.

The Conable Chair is currently vacant.

The inaugural occupant of the Conable Chair was Benjamin N. Lawrance. He is now Professor of History at the University of Arizona.