Larry Diamond is a professor of political science and sociology at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on democratic development. He is the 2013 recipient of Stanford's Richard W. Lyman Award for outstanding involvement in Stanford Alumni Association programming and continuing University stewardship. In 2007, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that "transcends political and ideological barriers." That year he also received Stanford's Dinkelspiel Award for "his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education" and "for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual."
Mr. Diamond received all of his degrees from Stanford University, including a B.A. in 1974, an M.A. in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1980. He taught Sociology at Vanderbilt University from 1980-85 before joining the Hoover Institution. Mr. Diamond is a leading expert on democracy around the world and has published multiple books on the subject.