Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama

  • Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
  • Research Affiliate at The Europe Center
  • Professor by Courtesy, Department of Political Science

Encina Hall, C148
616 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Biography

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and a faculty member of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also Director of Stanford's Masters in International Policy Program, and a professor (by courtesy) of Political Science.

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man, has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent book, Liberalism and Its Discontents, was published in the spring of 2022.

Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, and from 2001-2010 he was Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004. 

Dr. Fukuyama holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), and Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School. He is a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School, the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, and the Board of the Volcker Alliance. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children.

(April 2023)

publications

Working Papers
February 2021

Government Quality and State Capacity: Survey Results from Brazil

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Working Papers
July 2019

IMMIGRATION AND POPULISM IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED STATES

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Working Papers
May 2019

HOW THE BELT AND ROAD GAINED STEAM: CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA’S RISE IN GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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Current research

In The News

Alexei Navalny
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Remembering Alexei Navalny, Russia's Unwavering Opposition Leader

Scholars from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies share their memories and perspectives of Navalny, who died while incarcerated in a Russian penal colony.
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Ukraine: The Promise and Perils of Legal Reform and Governance, in Wartime and Reconstruction
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S-Term Field Study on Ukraine

Law students discuss their field study of Ukraine via Warsaw, including meetings with experts including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, Ukraine Parliament member Oleksandra Ustinova, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, Judge Olena Kibenko of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, and more.
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Francis Fukuyama teaches Module 5 of CDDRL's "Solving Public Policy Problems" MOOC
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Final Module of CDDRL’s “Solving Public Policy Problems” Online Course Out Now

This module examines the issue of ineffective border control in Costa Rica, its impact on trade, and the various stakeholders involved. Through this case study, students will learn how reform leaders apply stakeholder analysis to formulate an implementation strategy.
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