Duncan Lawrence was the Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor.

He is a two-time Fulbright recipient, first serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina in 2005 and then more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2013 investigating how connections to emigrants impact perceptions of immigration. His research has appeared in journals such as Science, Science Advances and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Duncan cofounded a Colorado-based research and data analysis firm that provided services to nonprofits, foundations and government agencies.