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Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond, ’73, MA ’78, PhD ’80, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he leads several programs on democracy at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). A professor by courtesy of political science and sociology, Diamond teaches courses on democratic development and U.S. foreign policy and advises many Stanford students. His research examines how democracy emerges and develops, and what factors contribute to the deepening and revitalization or the decay and failure of democracy, both globally and in the U.S. He has frequently advised and lectured to both governmental and non-governmental agencies in regard to governance and development, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department.

In his latest book, In Search of Democracy (Routledge, 2016), he traces the progress and challenges confronting democracy in the world and brings together three decades of his work on the subject, including his extensive writings on democracy in Africa. He is the recipient of several awards and honors at Stanford University, his latest being the Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford University that he received in 2016.

"Professor Diamond literally MADE this trip! He was the perfect combination of intellectual resource and travel companion."

Bruce Mosbacher, '76, JD '79, Cape Town to Cairo, 2016


  • Senior fellow (and former senior research fellow), Hoover Institution, since 1985
  • Senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, since 2002
  • Former director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, 2009–2015
  • Professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology, Stanford University, since 1990
  • Co-director, Haas Center for Public Service, 2010–2016
  • Senior consultant (and former co-director), International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, since 1994
  • Founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, since 1990
  • Assistant professor of sociology, Vanderbilt University, 1980–1985

  • Founding co-editor, Journal of Democracy
  • Author, In Search of Democracy (Routledge, 2016); The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008); and Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq (Times Books, 2005

  • Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford University, 2016
  • Richard W. Lyman Award for service to the Stanford Alumni Association, 2014
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Associated Students of Stanford University, 2007
  • Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2007
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, visiting lecturer in sociology, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, 1982–83
Academic History:

  • BA, Political Organization and Behavior, 1974, Stanford University
  • MA, Food Research Institute,1978, Stanford University
  • PhD, Sociology, 1980, Stanford University

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