Skip to content Skip to navigation

James Fearon

James' portrait
(650) 725-1314

James Fearon

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor
Stanford School of Humanities and Science
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
MA, Political Science and Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
AB, Harvard University, 1985


James Fearon is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of political science. He is a Senior Fellow at FSI, affiliated with CISAC and CDDRL. His research interests include civil and interstate war, ethnic conflict, the international spread of democracy and the evaluation of foreign aid projects promoting improved governance. Fearon was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. Some of his current research projects include work on the long-run persistence of armed conflict, the impact of nuclear weapons acquisition on states' foreign policies, and the strategic dynamics of civil war onset.

Research Interests: 
Civil and Ethnic Violence