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Kathryn Stoner

Former Research Scholar


    June 1, 1995 — July 1, 1995

    Professional affiliation

    Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy,  Development and the Rule of Law; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

    Wilson Center Projects

    Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Effective Government in the Regions of Post-Soviet Russia

    Full Biography

    Kathryn Stoner is the Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy,  Development and the Rule of Law, and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) and a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Hoover Institution (by courtesy), all 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 Princeton School for International and Public Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School). 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.

    In addition to many articles and book chapters on contemporary Russia, she is the author or co-editor of six books: "Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective," written and edited with Michael A. McFaul (Johns Hopkins

    2013); "Autocracy and Democracy in the Post-Communist World," co-edited with Valerie Bunce and Michael A. McFaul (Cambridge, 2010); "Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia" (Cambridge, 2006); "After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transitions" (Cambridge, 2004), coedited with Michael McFaul; and "Local Heroes: The Political Economy of Russian Regional" Governance (Princeton, 1997). Her most recent book is Russia Resurrected: ItsPower and Purpose in a New Global Order" (Oxford University Press, 2021).

    She received a BA (1988) and MA (1989) in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Government from Harvard University (1995). In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Iliad State University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.