Stephen D. Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford, a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Stanford Center for International Development. From February 2005 to April 2007 he was Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State where he worked on a number of issues including foreign assistance reform and energy policy. In 2002 he served as Director for Governance and Development at the National Security Council where he was primarily concerned with the proposal for the Millennium Challenge Account. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace.
He received his B.A. from Cornell in 1963, M.A. from Columbia in 1967, and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1972. Before coming to Stanford in 1981 he taught at Harvard and UCLA. He was the Chair of the Political Science Department from 1984 until 1991 and editor of International Organization from 1986 to 1992. His writings have dealt primarily with the political determinants of international economic relations, American foreign policy, and sovereignty. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (1987-88) and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2000-2001). Professor Krasner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.