Stanford in the News

Well-governed failed states? Not an oxymoron!

This article is co-authored by Steven Krasner, professor of political science, deputy director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, with Thomas Risse of Germany's Freie Universität Berlin, on three factors that determine whether or not external actors are likely to be successful in state-building and service provision.

School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education, on how most states rely primarily on a private preschool system that can reinforce the wealth gap.

Rice to receive honor at West Point

This article notes that Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, professor of political science and business, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will receive West Point's Thayer Award, given to citizens who serve the national interest.

The Muslim effect on immigrant integration in France

This article is co-authored by David Laitin, professor of political science, on how existing research is not actually measuring Muslim integration in France.

Stanford scientists say greenhouse gases worsen California drought

This article quotes Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Daniel Swain, graduate student in the department of environmental Earth System Science, co-authors of a Stanford study that found California's catastrophic drought has most likely been made worse by man-made climate change.

For China, limited tools to quell unrest in Hong Kong

This article quotes Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on the Chinese government's lack of strategy for peacefully defusing street demonstrations in Hong Kong pressing for more democracy in the territory.

Hispanic groups to Democrats: Don't blame us if you lose

This article qotes Gary Segura, professor of political science, on how Latino voters would show their influence in the November Senate elections by letting some Democrats be thrown out of office.

Microsoft begins a push into the polling world

This article quotes Douglas Rivers, professor of political science, on helping Microsoft analyze Xbox data for a study on swing voters; Microsoft today started a survey website where users can submit their views and predictions.

What Putin wrought has world asking what Russia might have been

This article quotes Michael McFaul, professor of political science, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and former U.S. ambassador to Russia, on how Russian President Vladimir Putin's shift in national policy will lead to long-term damage to the country.

Take a page from Airbnb and Pinterest to transform your employees' mindset.

This article quotes Hayagreeva Rao, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on an action-orientation mindset as key to the success of the numbers that define a company as it scales up.

Source of the sizzle: Climate change fueled heat waves

This article quotes Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on atmospheric conditions associated with California's drought as "very likely" linked to human-caused climate change.

Offshore wind turbines could tame hurricanes

This article quotes Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental Engineering and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on a study co-authored by Stanford and University of Delaware scientists that suggests coastal cities could be spared hurricane damage by installing tens of thousands of gigantic wind turbines offshore in arrays up to 20 miles long.

Stanford opens a museum highlighting American art

This article features the donors of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Harry "Hunk" Anderson and Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson.

Start-ups and the death of do-it-yourself

This article quotes Susan Athey, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how people underestimate the value of time.

Ex-Marine Jake Harriman helps people who've had only bad choices find a better life

This article quotes James Patell, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on Nuru International, founded by alumnus Jake Harriman and dedicated to ending extreme poverty.

Iranian hardliners block Rouhani's promises of greater freedom

This article quotes Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's willingness to compromise significantly in order to achieve goals he views as more pragmatic.

Six things you need to know about STEM

This article quotes Londa Schiebinger, professor of history, on college professors' changing approach to teaching STEM classes, in order to draw in a more diverse group of students.

Wireless plans add new twist to net neutrality debate

This article quotes Barbara van Schewick, professor at the law school, advocating for strict net neutrality rules.

US oil baron rewrites his company's history; move could stave off record divorce payout

This article quotes David Larcker, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on whether oil company Continental Resources Inc.'s board of directors would have made website changes favorable to the company's founder and CEO, currently undergoing a divorce trial, regardless of his personal situation.

China's tech factories turn to student labor

This article cites Scott Rozelle, co-director of the Rural Education Action Program and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on his research findings that students at certain vocational schools in China performed worse at math and other subjects at the end of their school studies than at the start; includes a video interview with Rozelle.

Meet the Match.com of politics

This article features Crowdpac, a political startup developed by Adam Bonica, assistant professor of political science, and Steve Hilton, former visiting scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Crowdpac recently debuted a new feature that lists the candidates whose opponents have benefited the most from billionaire spending on their behalf.

Does it even matter what the public thinks about climate change?

This article quotes Jon Krosnick, professor of communication and of political science, and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute, on the irrelevancy of American public opinion about climate change.

Schools offer gee-whiz gyms

This article notes Stanford's recently launched Student Wellness Passport Program, which awards students stamps for participating in health-promoting activities; students who complete a certain number of stamps are entered in a prize drawing.

Is the college admissions bubble about to burst?

This article quotes Mitchell Stevens, associate professor at the Graduate School of Education, on the hyper competitiveness for admission into the top colleges.

Does this name make me sound high fat?

This article is written by Dan Jurafsky, professor of linguistics and of computer science, on whether the names of some foods can make them sound heavier or lighter than others; the article is an excerpt from his new book, "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu."