Francis Fukuyama

Scholar of political and economic development (b.Oct. 27, 1952)

Dr. Francis Fukuyama is the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and the director of SAIS' International Development program. Widely known for his writing on issues of political and economic development, he is also chairman of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine The American Interest. After earning his B.A. degree in classics from Cornell University, Fukuyama went on to do postgraduate studies at Harvard where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science. He served as a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation from 1979-1980, 1983-89, and 1995-96. In 1981-82 and in 1989, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State, first specializing in Middle East affairs and later as Deputy Director for European political-military affairs. In 1981-82 he served as member of the US delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Fukuyama is a member of advisory boards for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Journal of Democracy, and The New America Foundation. As a NED board member, he is responsible for oversight of the Endowment’s Middle East programs. Dr. Fukuyama has written extensively on democratization and the role of culture and social capital in modern economic life. He is best known for his book The End of History and the Last Man published by Free Press in 1992 and reprinted in over twenty foreign editions. It made the bestseller lists in the United States, France, Japan, and Chile, and has been awarded the Los Angeles Times' Book Critics Award in the Current Interest category, as well as the Premio Capri for the Italian edition. His most recent book America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy was published by Yale University Press in March 2006. Born (October 27, 1952) in Chicago, Illinois, Fukuyama’s father was a second-generation Japanese American and a Protestant minister. His mother was born in Kyoto, Japan and became a New York social worker. His grandfather was the founder of the economics department of Kyoto University in Japan.

As of August 26, 2006

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