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Kathryn Stoner

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Kathryn Stoner

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
PhD, Government, Harvard University, 1995
MA, Political Science, University of Toronto, 1989
BA, Political Science, University of Toronto, 1988


Kathryn Stoner is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, as well as the Faculty Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2004, she was on the faculty at Princeton University for nine years, jointly appointed to the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs. At Princeton she received the Ralph O. Glendinning Preceptorship awarded to outstanding junior faculty. She also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at McGill University. She has held fellowships at Harvard University as well as the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

In addition to many articles and book chapters on contemporary Russia, she is the author of two single authored books: Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia (Cambridge, 2006), and Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Russian Regional Governance (Princeton, 1997). She is also co-editor (along with Michael McFaul) of After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transitions (Cambridge, 2004).

She received a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.

Research Interests: 
Comparative State Building and Effective Governance, Political Economy of Developing Countries