Meet the Crothers Fellows!

David Abernethy
Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

David Abernethy is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He taught from 1965 until his retirement in 2002. His specialties are politics in sub-Saharan Africa, the rise and fall of European empires, and (in recent years), the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the economic and political development of poor countries. He spent over a year in Nigeria and Tanzania and has lived and travelled in several other countries in sub-Saharan and north Africa and Asia. He has also founded the International Development Careers Group at Stanford.

Coit Blacker
Senior Fellow at FSI; Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences; Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Coit Blacker is senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. From 2004 to 2007, he was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees Committee on Development. Since 2005 he has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the International Initiative.

During the first Clinton administration, Professor Blacker served as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, he oversaw the implementation of U.S. policy toward Russia and the New Independent States, while also serving as principal staff assistant to the president and the National Security Advisor on matters relating to the former Soviet Union.

Following his government service, Blacker returned to Stanford to resume his research and teaching. From 1998 to 2003, he also co-directed the Aspen Institute's U.S.-Russia Dialogue, which brought together prominent U.S. and Russian specialists on foreign and defense policy for discussion and review of critical issues inthe bilateral relationship. He was a study group member of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission) throughout the commission's tenure.

Jasmina Bojic
Lecturer and Film Critic in International Relations Department

Jasmina Bojic has taught at Stanford University for the last sixteen years. She has been working as a journalist more than twenty-five years, covering many political and cultural events, including the Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Golden Globe and Spirit Awards interviewing noted world politicians, scientists, directors, producers and actors.

Ms. Bojic has served on juries at many international film festivals and has extensive connections with filmmakers and the film industry worldwide. She has worked as a producer/director on several documentaries and TV Programs dealing with human rights issues. Twelve years ago she conceptualized and organized an international documentary film festival, United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) at Stanford University, which became Traveling Film Festival in year 2000.

Gerhard Casper
Professor of Law, Emeritus; President Emeritus of Stanford University; Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

A lifelong leader in academia and an esteemed scholar of constitutional law, Gerhard Casper served as Stanford University’s president from 1992-2000. During that time, his commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education resulted in a number of major initiatives. A decorated academic, Professor Casper holds honorary doctorates from Yale and Uppsala Universities. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Order Pour le mérite for the Sciences and Arts, and the American Philosophical Society. During the fall of 2006, he held the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Central European University in Budapest and has served as a successor trustee of Yale University (2000-2008) and on the board of trustees of the American Academy in Berlin (2000-2009).

Larry Diamond
Director, CDDRL; Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science and Sociology, by courtesy

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor by courtesy of political science and sociology at Stanford University, where he also coordinates the democracy program of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books on democratic development and international affairs. His 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 future prospects of democracy. 

James Fearon
Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Professor of Political Science; CISAC Faculty Member; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

James Fearon is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, a professor of political science and CISAC affiliated faculty member at Stanford University. 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.

Recent publications include “Iraq’s Civil War” (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2007), “Neotrusteeship and the Problem of Weak States” (International Security, Spring 2004), and “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War,” (APSR, February 2003).

David Holloway
Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and FSI Senior Fellow; CISAC Faculty Member; Forum on Contemporary Europe Research Affiliate; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

David Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of political science, and an FSI senior fellow. He was co-director of CISAC from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, on science and technology in the Soviet Union, and on the relationship between international history and international relations theory. His book Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994) was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 11 best books of 1994, and it won the Vucinich and Shulman prizes of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. It has been translated into six languages, most recently into Czech in 2008. Holloway also wrote The Soviet Union and the Arms Race (1983) and co-authored The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative: Technical, Political and Arms Control Assessment (1984). He has contributed to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, and other scholarly journals.

Adam Johnson
Associate Professor of English

Adam Johnson is Associate Professor of English with emphasis in creative writing at Stanford University. A Whiting Writers' Award winner, his work has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, The New York Times and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages. Johnson was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. His novel The Orphan Master's Son was published in 2012 by Random House and received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. He also has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-14.

David Kennedy
Donald J. McLachian Professor of History

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachian Professor of History at Stanford University. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic analysis with social history and political history. Kennedy has written over ten books; his first, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (1970), won the John Gilmary Shea Prize in 1970 and the Bancroft Prize in 1971. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980) and won the Pulitzer in 2000 for his 1999 book Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. Other awards include the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ambassador's Prize and the California Gold Medal for Literature, all of which he received in the year 2000. Kennedy was educated at Stanford and Yale. The author of many articles, he has also penned a textbook, The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, now in its thirteenth edition. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Michael McFaulMichael McFaul
Professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995.

McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books including Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should, How We Can; with Kathryn Stoner, Transitions To Democracy: A Comparative Perspective; with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War; and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development.

McFaul received his BA in international relations and Slavic languages and his MA in Soviet and East European studies from Stanford University in 1986. As a Rhodes Scholar, he completed his DPhil in international relations at Oxford University in 1991.

Norman Naimark
Robert and Florence McDonnel Professor of Eastern European Studies; Professor of History; CISAC Affiliated Faculty and FSI Senior Fellow by courtesy 

Norman M. Naimark is Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies. He is also the Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program, a senior fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.

Naimark is an expert in modern East European and Russian History. His current research focuses on Soviet policies and actions in Europe after World War II and on genocide and ethnic cleansing in the twentieth century.

At Stanford, Naimark served two terms on the Academic Senate, as well as on its Steering Committee. Also, he was chair of the Department of History, director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and director of the International Relations and International Policy Studies programs.

Rosamond Naylor
Senior Fellow at the FSI; William Wrigley Professor in Earth Science; Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute; Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Economics; Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment

Rosamond Naylor is the Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, William Wrigley Professor in Earth Science, the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Associate Professor of Economics (by courtesy) at Stanford University.  She received her B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, her M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University. Her research focuses on economic and biophysical dimensions of food security and environmental impacts of crop and animal production.  She has been involved in many field-level research projects around the world and has published widely on issues related to intensive crop production, aquaculture and livestock systems, biofuels, climate change, food price volatility, and food policy analysis. At Stanford, Naylor teaches courses on the World Food Economy, Human-Environment Interactions, and Sustainable Agriculture. 

Naylor currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Beijer Institute in Stockholm, is a Science Advisor for United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s initiative on Sustainable Development (Sustainable Agriculture section), and trustee of The Nature Conservancy California Chapter. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of the journals Global Food Security and Journal on Food Security.

Ken Schultz
Director, Program in International Relations; Associate Professor of Political Science

Professor Schultz is a specialist in International Relations, with particular interest in the impact of domestic politics on international conflict and conflict resolution. His current research seeks to understand how states settle long-running international rivalries. He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001) and numerous journal articles. In 2003, he received the Karl Deutsch Award, given by the International Studies Association to a scholar under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to the study of international conflict. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Kathryn Stoner
Senior Fellow, FSI and CDDRL; Faculty Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies

Kathryn Stoner is a senior fellow at FSI and CDDRL, and 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.

Philip Taubman
Consulting Professor at CISAC; former Managing Editor at the New York Times

Philip Taubman is a consulting professor at CISAC, where he is working on a book project about nuclear threats and the joint effort of Sid Drell, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, Bill Perry and George Shultz to reduce nuclear dangers. Before joining CISAC in fall 2008, Mr. Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, specializing in national security issues, including intelligence and defense policies and operations. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor.

Paul Wise
Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member; CDDRL, CISAC Affiliated Faculty

Paul Wise is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society at Stanford, and a core faculty member at the Stanford Health Policy center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Before coming to Stanford in July 2004, he was vice-chief of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as a special expert at the National Institutes of Health and as special assistant to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello in 1990-1991. He currently chairs the steering committee of the NIH's Global Network for Maternal and Child Health Research and he has received honors from organizations including the American Public Health Association, the March of Dimes, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

John Prendergast
Co-Founder of the Enough Project, author, human rights activist

John Prendergast has served as an Honorary Crothers Fellow in Residence since 2010. He is an author, human rights activist, and Co-Founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. He has authored ten books on Africa, including Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, which he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle. Prendergast has published op-eds in a variety of national publications, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

During the Clinton administration, Prendergast served as Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and Special Advisor to Susan Rice at the Department of State, in which capacities he was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa. He has also worked for two members of the United States Congress, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Also co-authored with Don Cheadle, his book The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes focuses on building a popular movement against genocide and other human rights crimes.

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