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In Other Ivory Towers M
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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Taking the high Laptop lifted in ADHD Aware-
road the Fishbowl ness Day

WHERE: Fletcher St.
WHEN:Tuesday at about 8 a.m.
WHAT: A 30-year-old male
with a suspended license was
pulled over for defective equip-
ment on his car. Upon arrest,
marijuana was found, Univer-
sity Police reported. The man
was released to await arrest
warrant authorization.
Crash kills light
WHERE: Murfin Dr.
WHEN:Tuesday atabout1:30
WHAT: Two cars were
involved in an accident that
knocked over a light pole, leav-
ing glass in the road that was
later cleaned. University police
reported that neither driver
was injured.

WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Tuesday betweenl p.m.
and 1:05p.m.
WHAT: University police
reported that a male student's
laptop was stolen from the
Fishbowl when he left itunat-
tended. There are no suspects.
Valet ruins lip
WHERE: East Medical Center
WHEN:Sunday atabout5:30 p.m.
WHAT: A valet driver acci-
dentally backed a vehicle
over a curb and damaged the
underside of the car's bumper,
University police reported.
Hospital security filed a police

WHAT: A presentation about
how adults and children with
ADHD can deal with anxiety
and increase productivity.
WHO: Services for Stu-
dents with Disabilities
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham
Graduate School, main
Religion and
WHAT: Anya Bernstein,
assistant prof. of anthro-
pology, will talk about
the rituals of sovereignty
in Buryat Buddhism.
WHO: Center for Rus-
sian and Eastern
European Studies
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: School of
Social Work, room 1636

WHAT: Live music, a
scavenger hunt and food
offered to those wishing to
explore the lesser known
parts of North Campus.
WHO: Arts on Earth
WHEN: Today at 4:30p.m.
WHERE: Media Union in
the Duderstadt Center
IM Manager's
WHAT: An informational
meeting for managers of
IM softball, soccer vol-
leyball and tennis teams.
WHO: Intramural Sports
WHEN: Tonight at
6 p.m. and 8p.m.
WHERE: Intramu-
ral Sports Building
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study found that American
companies tend to prefer
to hire recent graduates from
large state universities over Ivy
League schools and other pri-
vate universities.
Phil Hanlon first came to
the University 24 years
ago as an associate pro-
fessor. In July, Hanlon took
over for Theresa Sullivan as
3U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
reported that three people
who returned from India to the
U.S. earlier this year are infect-
ed with an extremely antibi-
otic-resistant bug, deemed a
"superbug," the Chicago Break-
ing News Center reported.

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