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James Fearon


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  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


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James Fearon is a political scientist whose research focuses on armed conflict and political violence.

He is interested in civil war and ethnic violence, self-enforcing democratic institutions and international bargaining and conflict.


  • Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences
  • International Studies Association's Karl Deutsch Award

Relevant Publications

  • Fearon, J. et al. "How Does Development Assistance Affect Collective Action Capacity? Results from a Field Experiment in Post-Conflict Liberia." Am. Polit. Sci. Rev. 109, no. 3 (August 2015): 450–69.
  • Fearon, J. "Self-Enforcing Democracy." Q. J. Econ. 126, no. 4 (November 2011): 1661–1708.
  • Fearon, J., and D. Laitin. "Sons of the Soil, Migrants, and Civil War." World Dev. 39, no. 2 (February 2011): 199–211.
  • Fearon, J. "Iraq’s Civil War." Foreign Affairs 86, no. 2 (2007).

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