Carnegie Mellon University

Madison Schramm

Madison Schramm

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Politics and Strategy

  • Posner Hall 387C


Madison Schramm joined the Institute for Policy and Strategy as a Postdoctoral Fellow in August 2020. Dr. Schramm's research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, political psychology, and gender and foreign policy. 

Her current book project proposes a theoretical framework for understanding democratic threat perception and the use of force that builds on a wealth of recent work exploring the role of individuals, psychology, and ideas in explaining international conflict. Specifically, she argues that the relative frequency with which democracies find themselves at war with autocracies — and certain kinds of autocracies in particular — is not only a product of international anarchy or of the institutional features of autocracies, but of the interaction between psychological biases of leaders and modern democratic social identity. Combined, these factors work to substantially increase the chance that democracies will fight wars with autocracies ruled by personalist dictators — authoritarian leaders that enjoy undisputed executive power and prominence.

Prior to joining IPS, she was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy at the International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame (2019-2020), and the Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. She has previously worked with the Council on Foreign Relations; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Yale University's Political Violence FieldLab; and the RAND Corporation. Dr. Schramm received her PhD from Georgetown University in Government (2018-2019).