Meet the Director

Meet the Director

On the occasion of renewing his five-year term as director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Michael McFaul talks about his vision for the institute, what he's most proud of so far, and why he keeps returning to the Farm.
Mike is Russia bound background

Showing Up at Stanford

When I arrived at Stanford, there was a chance we'd blow up the planet if we couldn't figure out how to get along with the Soviet Union.

Encina Hall

Our Intellectual Momentum

There is an invigorating energy moving throughout each floor of Encina Hall.

Bechtel Conference Center is packed to here a panel discussion

Research Is At Our Core

If I don't create the permissive conditions for academics to do the work that they want to do, I can't tell them what to do.

Michael McFaul testifies before Congress

Making a Policy Impact

There are all kinds of different ways of trying to shape the policy environment. I want to make sure that we're focused on policy makers, but also societal attitudes more broadly.

Graduates of the master's in international policy program throw their caps into the air.

Impact Through Education

This is a place where students, both undergraduate and graduate, can find a way to connect to a broad range of global opportunities, while in school and well beyond through our growing alumni network.

Michael McFaul sitting in Memorial Church

Stanford in My Future

I came here as a 17-year-old kid, and I've ventured off many times, but I always come back. I'm deeply intertwined and connected to this place in all kinds of ways.