Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She works in the areas of political psychology. She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has also taught at Cornell and UCSB. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University, and has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice. She is the author of five books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over two hundred academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines.
I work on a wide variety of different topics. Current projects include a large series of survey experiments examining nine types of attitudes toward gender inequality in over 20 countries. I am participating in several projects related to nuclear weapons, leadership and the stability of deterrence. More broadly, I work on topics including international relations, American Foreign and Defense policy, nuclear strategy, experimentation, leadership, ethics, gender, identity, intelligence, cybersecurity, the role of emotion in decision-making, and genetic contributions to political attitudes and behaviors.
McDermott, Rose. Robert Jervis: A reminiscence. War on the Rocks
McDermott, Rose. Robert Jervis: Academic Silverback. H-Diplo
McDermott, Rose (forthcoming) Breaking Free: How Pre-registration hurts Scholars and Science. Politics and the Life Sciences
Glowacki, Luke & McDermott, Rose (forthcoming). Key individuals catalyze intergroup conflict. For special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biology. Guest Editor: Carsten de Dreu.
McDermott, Rose (2023) Psychology, Leaders and New Deterrence Dilemmas. The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age. Edited by Scott Sagan and Vipin Narang.
McDermott, R.(2022) Commentary on Commentary on Gries, Muller, & Jost’s “The Market for Belief Systems: A Formal Model of Ideological Choice.. Psychological Inquiry
McDermott, Rose & Hatemi, Peter K. (Nov.16. 2020) Ethics in Field Experimentation: A Call to Establish New Standards to Protect the Public from Unwanted Manipulation and Real Harms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
McDermott, R. & Hatemi, P. (December 3, 2020). Revenge is a dish best served Nuclear: We must prepare for Revenge, not Rationality. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
McDermott, Rose (2020). Trump’s covid diagnosis and Presidential Illness. Politics and Life Sciences.
Davis, James & McDermott, R. (2020). The Past, Present, and Future of Behavioral IR International Organization
Hatemi, Peter K. & McDermott, Rose (2020). The influence of everyday dispositional Fear on political Ideology. Human Nature
McDermott, Rose. (September 2, 2019). Making America Less. Nature Human Behavior.
McDermott, Rose (Dec. 11, 2019). Emotional dynamics in cyberconflict. Journal of Cyber Policy
McDermott, R. (2019). The role of gender in political violence. Special issue on Political Ideologies in Current Opinion in the Behavioral Sciences. Edited by John Jost, Eran Halperin & Kristin Lauren.
McDermott, Rose (2019). Political Science’s #metoo moment. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. Special issue edited by Nadia Brown.
McDermott, Rose. Leader’s Emotional Manipulation of Political Identity: An Evolutionary Perspective. (2019). Leadership Quarterly Special Issue on the Evolution and Biology of Leadership (Guest editors: Mark Van Vugt and Chris von Rueden).
McDermott, Rose. (2019). Psychological Underpinnings of Post-Truth in Political Beliefs. PS
McDermott, R. (K. Monroe, Ed.) (2018). The Evils of Polygyny: The David Easton Lectures by Rose McDermott. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
McDermott, Rose (2018). The Nature of Narcissism. For H-Diplo. https://issforum.org/roundtables/policy/1-5BE-Narcissism
McDermott, Rose.(2018) Coalitional Rivalry May Hurt in Trade, but Help in War: Commentary on Boyer & Petersen. Behavior and Brain Sciences
POLS 0400 Introduction to International Relations
IAPA 0600 Foundations of Security
POLS 1821P Political Psychology in International Relations
POLS 1821M War in Film and Literature
POLS 1823G Woman and War
POLS 1550 War and Politics
POLS 1560 American Foreign Policy
PLCY 2735 Women and Nations
May 30, 2023
In an article for Foreign Affairs, Rose McDermott and Reid Pauly explain how, "The war in Ukraine hinges on one man’s thoughts and feelings."
May 3, 2023
The New York Times
Rose McDermott comments for The New York Times, "Trump is a poster child for a coercive alpha male, and frankly I have been surprised that more Republicans don’t try to take him on directly."
April 16, 2023
In an article written for Lawfare, Rose McDermott examines three important ways in which personalist leaders like Putin pose threats to the stability of nuclear deterrence.
March 10, 2023
War on the Rocks
In an interview with War on the Rocks podcast, Rose McDermott discussed political psychology, leadership, and the war in Ukraine.
February 26, 2023
In a recent Lawfare article, Reid Pauly and Rose McDermott argue that states have many reasons to engage in nuclear brinkmanship.
February 19, 2023
In a recent Medium article, Rose McDermott comments that “study participants were 75% more likely to become divorced if a friend is divorced.”
February 14, 2023
Professor of International Relations Rose McDermott recently authored a paper published in The Leadership Quarterly titled, "On the scientific study of small samples: Challenges confronting quantitative and qualitative methodologies."