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Biography

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and Director of Stanford's Master's in International Policy Program.  He is also 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, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, was published in Sept. 2018.

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 and at the Center for Global Development.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and 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.

November  2020

Projects

The Governance Project
The Governance Project seeks to better define and conceptualize governance, and to understand how it functions in two societies, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States.
Leadership Academy for Development
The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development.
Program on Democracy and the Internet
The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) is creating a cross-disciplinary community at Stanford by bringing together recognized scholars and supporting research needed to address the adverse impact of technology on liberal democracies as well as the roles of private sector and government entities in protecting information integrity and strengthening democratic processes.

Ukranian Emerging Leaders
The Ukranian Emerging Leaders Program (UELP) is a 10-month academic training fellowship hosted at Stanford University to address development challenges in Ukraine and across the broader region.

 

Leadership Network for Change
The Leadership Network for Change (LNC) is an overarching label for CDDRL's practitioner program alumni, which boasts a network of 2,000+ mid-career global public policy reformers.