Francis Fukuyama

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was previously Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of the International Development Program at Johns Hopkins University and is currently an SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.   

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy.  He has, in recent years, focused on the role of culture and social capital in modern economic life, and on the social consequences of technological change.  In the past, he has written extensively on Soviet foreign policy in the third world.   

Francis Fukuyama received his BA from Cornell University in classics, and his PhD from Harvard in Political Science.  He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation from 1979-1980, then again from 1983-89, and from 1995-96.  In 1981-82 and in 1989 he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State, the first time as a regular member specializing in Middle East affairs, and then as Deputy Director for European political-military affairs.  In 1981-82 he was also a member of the US delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. 

Dr. Fukuyama is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.  He holds an honorary doctorate from Connecticut College and Doane College, and is a member of advisory boards for the National Endowment for Democracy, The National Interest, the Journal of Democracy, and The New America Foundation. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Global Business Network.