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Michael A. McFaul

Michael A. McFaul, PhD

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University, June to August of 2015
Affiliated faculty at the Center for International Security and Cooperation

CDDRL
Stanford University
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

Democracy promotion, comparative democratization, and the relationship between political and economic reform in the postcommunist world.

Bio

Michael McFaul is professor of political science, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs all at Stanford University. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He also works as an analyst for NBC News. He also served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; with Kathryn Stoner, Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective; with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War; and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his D. Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University in 1991.

Stanford Affiliations

Political Science
Hoover Institution

Other Affiliations

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace