Rose McDermott, Brown University
Rose McDermott is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. A 2008-2009 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, McDermott received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford. McDermott has taught at Cornell and UCSB and has held fellowships at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program.
McDermott's research focuses on political psychology and international relations. Author of four books and over seventy articles on international relations, foreign policy, experimentation, the impact of emotion on decision making, social identity, and both evolutionary and neuroscientific models of political science, McDermott is best known for Risk Taking in International Relations: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy (Michigan 1998), Political Psychology in International Relations (Michigan 2004), and Presidential Illness, Leadership and Decision Making (Cambridge 2007). Her latest co-edited volume is the forthcoming Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Science Research, with Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrera, and Alastair Iain Johnson (Cambridge).
McDermott is currently involved in a series of projects investigating the biological and genetic bases of aggression, and a book project on pandemic disease.
McDermott has been active in APSA since 1997, serving as program chair for Political Psychology, and member-at-large for the qualitative and multi-methods section. She currently serves on APSA’s publications committee. McDermott is also active in ISA (where she serves on the Workshop Grants Committee) and the International Society of Political Psychology, where she was elected to the Governing Council, the Vice Presidency (2006-2009) and the editorial board for the journal Political Psychology.