David Laitin

David Laitin, PhD

James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science
Affiliated faculty at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center

Department of Political Science
Stanford University
Encina Hall, W423
Stanford, CA 94305-6044

(650) 725-9556 (voice)
(650) 723-1808 (fax)

Research Interests

culture; ethnicity; nationalism; civil wars

Bio

David Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science and a co-director of the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford. He has conducted field research in Somalia, Nigeria, Spain, Estonia and France. His principal research interest is on how culture – specifically, language and religion – guides political behavior. He is the author of “Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-heritage Societies” and a series of articles on immigrant integration, civil war and terrorism. Laitin received his BA from Swarthmore College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stanford Affiliations

Political Science