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While most of his classmates were
working toward their college degrees,
Political Science Prof. Allan Stam decid-
ed to pause his studies and enlist in the
army halfway through his undergradu-
ate years at Cornell University.
It was this military background that
shaped his interest in politics, said Stam,
who's also a University alum.
"It was the experiences I had in the
army that led to my interest in specifi-
cally nuclear deterrence issues and then
subsequently international relations," he
After spending three years in Army
Special Forces, Stam returned to Cornell
to finish his undergraduate degree, grad-
uating in 1988 with a bachelor of arts in
While Stam grew up on the East
Coast, splitting his time between Wash-
ington D.C. and Boston, he decided to
attend graduate school at the University
of Michigan, where multiple members of
his family had studied, as well.
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rom Army to academia
"My adviser at Cornell, Peter Katzen-
stein, urged me to go to Michigan," he
said. "I also have a younger brother and
sister and a grandfather that went to
After receiving his master's degree in
political science in 1991 and his Ph.D. in
political science in 1993, Stam went on to
teach at American University, Yale Uni-
versity and Dartmouth College.
In 2007, Stam returned to Ann Arbor
after the University offered him a posi-
tion at the Institute for Social Research.
In accordance with his army experi-
ence, Stam's main academic focus is on
armed conflict. Prior to teaching at the
University, Stam was involved in several
research projects on the topic.
"The first work I did was on who wins
and who loses wars and how long they
last," he said.
Stam's work has allowed him to travel
abroad and study various internation-
al conflicts. From 2003 to 2006, Stam
worked on a series of projects to better
understand the Rwandan Genocide.
In collaboration with Notre Dame
Professor Christian Davenport, Stam
studied the effects of political violence on
communities around the world including
in Gujarat, India.
"We did an area study where we inter-
viewed 150,000 people in Gujarat to doc-
ument specifically what are the bases of
intra-caste discrimination," he said.
Stam is currently working on two
related projects dealing with leadership
and military service.
While he has spent time teaching at
Yale and Dartmouth, Stam holds the
University in high esteem, citing it as
a specific point of pride for the state of
"One of things that I think is great
about the University of Michigan as
the flagship public university in a state,
there's a really wonderful reciprocal rela-
tionship between the people in Michigan
and their university," Stam said.
Professor Allan Stam speaks in his office
about his current projects in Political Science.
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