James Fearon

Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

James Fearon left PRIO in 2012. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. James Fearon is an External Associate at PRIO.


Working experience:

James Fearon is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research has focused on democracy and international disputes, explanations for interstate wars, and, most recently, the causes of civil and especially ethnic violence.

Fearon won the 1999 Karl Deutsch Award, which is "presented annually to a scholar under the age of forty, or within ten years of the acquisition of his or her Doctoral Degree, who is judged to have made, through a body publications, the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research." He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences in 2002.

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The following publications are specific to the Centre for the Study of Civil War. A more complete list may be available at www.prio.org.

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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Fearon, James (2004) Do Some Civil Wars Last so Much Longer Than Others?, Journal of Peace Research 41(3): 275–302.

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