Francis Fukuyama, Political Speaker

Francis Fukuyama

Expert on issues in development and international politics. 

Best known for the books he has authored on the history of world politics and the transformation of industries through the ages.

Videos of Francis Fukuyama

Interview with The Economist
Lecture at Stanford: What is Development?

Speaker Profile

About Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  He is professor (by courtesy) of political science.


Francis received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. He previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University's School of Public Policy. He served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.

Current Positions

Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for Global Development. 

Awards, Accolades and Achievements

He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Pardee Rand Graduate School. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Democracy. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs. 

Francis is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children.

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Books By Francis Fukuyama

Besides many papers and monographs, Francis has written five books:

  • Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy (2014)
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011)
  • Jours de colère: L'esprit du capitalisme (2009)
  • La fin de l'histoire et le dernier homme (2009)
  • The End of History and the Last Man (1993)

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