Political leaders touched by trauma more willing to resort to violence

August 1, 2013

Allan Stam, director of the Ford School's International Policy Center, is the focus of this week's University Record faculty spotlight. The article, "Political science professor breaks barriers as a contrarian," centers on Stam's ability to question, and eventually transcend, conventional wisdom, revealing new insights on critically important issues in political governance.

Among Stam's breakthrough findings? Presidents and rulers exposed to traumatic violence in childhood are more likely to use violence against neighboring states. "The willingness to use violence is partly innate, and also partly experiential," explains Stam to University Record intern Emily Fontenot, who penned the feature.