Michael McFaul is the director and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI); the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science; and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University. He was also the Distinguished Mingde Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center at Peking University from June to August (2015). He joined the Stanford University faculty in 1995.
McFaul is an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. He served for five years in the Obama administration, first as special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014). He has authored several books, including a New York Times best-seller, From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia. He is currently writing a book on great powers relations in the 21st century.