Rose M. McDermott
Political scientist; Educator; Professional society administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University. She received her B.A. (1984), M.A. (1990), and Ph.D.(1991) degrees, all in political science, from Stanford University, and she also received an M.A. (1988) in experimental social psychology) from Stanford University. She has taught at Cornell, UCSB, and Harvard before joining Brown University in 2008. She has held numerous fellowships, including the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice. She is the author of four books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over a hundred and fifty academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as international relations and American foreign policy, political psychology, experimental methods, sex and gender and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior. As a political psychologist working in the area of international relations, she has been particularly interested in using experiments to explore the underlying sources of sex differences in aggression and violence. She has worked extensively on issues of decision making, particularly in the domains of emotion, identity, and risk taking. In 2012 she served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology. She also served as a Council member of the American Political Science Association in 2008-10. McDermott was elected a Fellow (Class III:3) of the American Academy in 2013. She served on the Class III:3 membership panel for two years and currently serves on the publications committee.