Francis Fukuyama to lead the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy Program

Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, the Mosbacher Director at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), has been named to lead the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program.

“This is a critical time to prepare our students to be policy leaders in government, civic society and the private sector,” he said. “Our curriculum aims to be among the best in international policy education and continues to get stronger with new faculty, courses and terrific students.”

The Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) is a two year, full-time, professional graduate degree program administered jointly by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the School of Humanities and Sciences. The just-graduated Class of 2019 included 19 students – 15 women and 4 men, from 10 different countries.

Over the past several years, the core curriculum of the program was revamped and a new, popular specialization track on cyber policy was added. In addition, a greater number of FSI faculty have begun to teach in the program. The number of applications has risen 67 percent over the past two years.

Fukuyama came to Stanford in 2010 from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he led, expanded and redesigned the international development coursework for the school’s master’s program. He has been deeply involved in the redesign of the MIP curriculum at Stanford and has spearheaded a national effort for innovation in public policy teaching.

“To prosper in today’s global society, institutions must continually adapt at both the leadership and policy level,” said Fukuyama. “It’s something I’ve spoken about for years and now here I am living this change together with our students. I can’t wait for us to get started.”