James D. Fearon

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Fearon James

James D. Fearon, PhD

  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
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Biography

James Fearon is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of political science. He is a Senior Fellow at FSI, affiliated with CISAC and CDDRL. 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. Fearon was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. Some of his current research projects include work on the costs of collective and interpersonal violence, democratization and conflict in Myanmar, nuclear weapons and U.S. foreign policy, and the long-run persistence of armed conflict.