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Larry Diamond

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Larry Diamond

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology
Department of Sociology
PhD, Sociology, Stanford University, 1980
MA, Food Research Institute, Stanford University, 1978
BA, Political Organization and Behavior, Stanford, 1974


Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Diamond also serves as the Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant (and previously was co-director) at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002-3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion.

At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development, democracy promotion, and U.S. foreign policy, and advises many Stanford students. In May 2007, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that "transcends political and ideological barriers." At the June 2007 Commencement ceremony, Diamond was honored by Stanford University with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. In January 2014 he received the Richard W. Lyman Award for service to the Stanford Alumni Association.

Research Interests: 
Democratic Development and Regime Change, U.S. Foreign Policy Affecting Democracy Abroad