Jeremy Weinstein

Associate Professor of Political Science
Stanford University
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Jeremy M. Weinstein is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and served as Director of the Center for African Studies in 2007-08.

He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on civil wars and political violence; ethnic politics and the political economy of development; and democracy, accountability, and political change. He is the author of Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence (Cambridge University Press) which received the William Riker Prize for the best book on political economy. He has also published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, World Policy Journal, and the SAIS Review.

Before joining the faculty at Stanford, Weinstein was the Project Director of the CGD-sponsored Commission on Weak States and U.S. National Security and the primary author of the Commission's final report, On the Brink: Weak States and U.S. National Security. Weinstein obtained a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College, and an MA and PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University.

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