Stanford Experts

Michael McFaul

Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute; Professor of Political Science; Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Woods Institute for the Environment




Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He also works as an analyst for NBC News. He was U.S. ambassador to Russia  in the Obama administration. His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations, and the relationship between democracy and development. His most recent book is “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.”