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James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
BioDavid D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He received his BA from Swarthmore College, and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia and Grenada, where he became national tennis champion in 1970. Back in the US, he received his Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley, working under the direction of Ernst Haas and Hanna Pitkin.
He has taught at three great universities: UCSD (1975-87), the University of Chicago (1987-1999) and now at Stanford. Over his career, as a student of comparative politics, he has conducted field research in Somalia, Yorubaland (Nigeria), Catalonia (Spain), Estonia, and France, all the time focusing on issues of language and religion, and how these cultural phenomena link nation to state. His books include Politics, Language and Thought: The Somali Experience (1977), Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Religious Change among the Yoruba (1986), Language Repertoires and State Construction in Africa (1992), Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (1998), and Nations, States and Violence (2007).
Over the past decade, mostly in collaboration with James Fearon, he has published several papers on ethnicity, ethnic cooperation, the sources of civil war, and on policies that work to settle civil wars. Laitin has also collaborated with Alan Krueger on international terrorism and with Eli Berman on suicide terrorism.
In 2008-2009, with support from the National Science Foundation, and with a visiting appointment at Sciences-Po Paris, Laitin conducted ethnographic, survey and experimental research on Muslim integration into France, seeking to assess the magnitude of religious discrimination and isolate the mechanisms that sustain it. The initial results from that project were published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (2010).
Laitin has been a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Assistant Professor of Economics
BioBrad Larsen joined the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 2014. Prior to this, he obtained a BA in Economics and BS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Economics from MIT, and spent one year as postdoctoral researcher at eBay Research. His primary area of research is Industrial Organization. His recent research projects have studied changes in US wage inequality due to increased import competition with China, the effects of laws legitimizing arbitrage (parallel importation) across international markets, the effects of occupational licensing regulations on the distribution of service quality, the performance of auction and bargaining mechanisms in trading situations, and applied econometric methods. His publications and working papers can be found at his website, linked above.
Carlos Xabel Lastra Anadon
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science
BioCarlos is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford and an Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, Spain. His research interests lie at the intersection of political economy and policy, particularly education policy.
Financial Management Analyst, Psychology
Current Role at Stanford- Support Principal Investigators in Pre-Award and Post-Award research administrative activities from proposal submission, managing the award, to final closeout
- Responsible for financial and budget management for for PI's sponsored and non-sponsored accounts
- Petty cash custodian for the department
- Act as financial liaison for the faculty inter- and intra-department
- The faculty in my current portfolio include: Laura Carstensen, Jennifer Eberhardt, Justin Gardner, Hazel Markus, Jay McClelland, Lee Ross, Brian Wandell, Jamil Zaki, and Dan Yamins