Stam, Allan C.

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Stam, Allan C.


Education: Cornell University, B.A., 1988; University of Michigan, M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 1993.


Home—Lyme, NH. Office—Department of Government, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755.


American University, Washington, DC, assistant professor of international service, 1993-96; Yale University, New Haven, CT, assistant professor of political science, 1996-2000, junior faculty fellow, 1998; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, associate professor, 2000-04, professor of government, 2004-05, Daniel Webster Professor, 2005—, Elizabeth R. and Robert A. Jeffe fellow, 2004-05. Harvard University, faculty associate of Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, 2000—, visiting associate professor, 2004; guest speaker at other institutions, including University of Rwanda, University of Cork, National Chengchi University, University of Girona, Columbia University, Princeton University, Duke University, and University of California, Los Angeles; conference participant.


American Political Science association (council member, 1998-2001), Council on Foreign Relations, Midwest Political Science Association.


National Science Foundation grants, 1996-98, 1999-2002, 2003-06; award for best research software, Computers and Multimedia Section, American Political Science Association, 1998; Karl Deutsch Award, International Studies Association, 2004; fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 2004.


Win, Lose, or Draw: Domestic Politics and the Crucible of War, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 1996.

(With Jacek Kugler, Douglas Lemke, and Ronald L. Tammen) Power Transitions: Strategies for the 21st Century, Chatham Press (New York, NY), 2001.

(With Dan Reiter) Democracies at War, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 2002.

(With D. Scott Bennett) The Behavioral Origins of War, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2004.

Contributor to books, including Dissolving Boundaries, edited by Suzanne Werner, David Davis, and Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Blackwell Publishers (Malden, MA), 2003; and New Direction for International Relations, edited by Alex Mintz and Bruce Russett, Lexington Books, 2005. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspectives, International Security, International Interactions, Political Science Quarterly, British Journal of Political Sciences, and American Political Science Review. Journal of Conflict Resolution, member of editorial board.


Allan C. Stam told CA: "Writing is something that scratches a number of itches. First, I write because I enjoy writing. If given a choice I would rather write, and rewrite, than read. Of course there's a symbiotic relationship between the two, but the creative aspect of writing is more engaging for me than the more passive process of reading.

"The topics I work on tend to be inspired by empirical puzzles or contradictions in existing work, or else by issues we don't understand well. I typically spend a lot of time thinking it all through, then I basically purge my thoughts into the computer, which then kicks off the (seemingly) endless rewriting."

Stam added: "Michael Herron and I are assembling the data necessary to test competing claims about the source of Islamic fundamentalist enmity toward the United States and the West. One story focuses on U.S. policies and terrorists' instrumental responses. Another story emphasizes the expressive nature of religiously motivated violence. By assembling multidimensional indicators of policies toward the Middle East, political and personal freedoms, and economic globalization and commercialism, we hope to shed light on what factors best predict which states are most likely to become targets of extremist groups. In doing so we hope to be able to adjudicate what has become an important public policy debate in the context of the Bush administration's ‘War on Terrorism.’ I am also working on a book-length project on surrender, desertion, and world politics, in which I investigate the limits of rationality during times of war. I demonstrate how states systematically manipulate the preferences of their citizens and the soldiers on the opposing side, and how this affects soldier reliability and, in turn, battlefield outcomes and world politics."