David D. Laitin

David Laitin

David D. Laitin, James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science and co-director of Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford University

David D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Somalia and Grenada. He received his PhD in political science from UC Berkeley. Over his career, as a student of comparative politics, he has conducted field research in Somalia, Yorubaland (Nigeria), Catalonia (Spain), Estonia, and France, focusing on issues of language and religion, and how these cultural phenomena link nation to state. His most recent co-authored book “Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-heritage Societies” was published by Harvard University Press. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.