Anthony C. Lopez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (360) 546-9284
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 202X
Office Hours: Consult Syllabi


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
POLS 314 Nation States and Global Challenges Tu,Th TBD Fall 2015
POLS 427 U.S. Foreign Policy Tu,Th TBD Fall 2015
POLS 103 Intro to International Relations Tu,Th TBD Spring 2016
POLS 428 Dynamics of Collective Action Tu,Th TBD Spring 2016


I'm broadly engaged in research at the intersection of international conflict, political psychology, and evolutionary theory. I am particularly interested in the investigation of war (or coalitional aggression in general) as a product of an evolved coalitional psychology, as well as the intimate relationship between inter-group conflict and within-group cooperation. Toward this end, I've also received training as a Research Affiliate with the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Current research areas include: Revenge, the uses of force, moral psychology, sex differences in warfare, and offense/defense distinctions in war.

Recent Publications

R. McDermott, A.C. Lopez & P. Hatemi. (Forthcoming). "Neurobiological Approaches to Leadership." Security Studies.

Lopez, A.C. 2016. "The Evolution of War: Theory and Controversy." International Theory. 8(1): 97-139.

Lopez, A.C. 2014. "The Hawkish Dove: Evolution and the Logic of Political Behavior." Millennium: Journal of International Studies 43(1): 66-91.

Lopez, A.C. & R. McDermott. 2012. “Adaptation, Heritability, and the Emergence of Evolutionary Political Science,” Political Psychology 33(3): 343-362.

Lopez, A.C., R. McDermott, & M.B. Petersen. 2011. “States in Mind: Evolution, Coalitional Psychology, and International Politics.” International Security 36(2): 48-83.

R. McDermott & A.C. Lopez. 2011. "Psychology and Constructivism: Uneasy Bedfellows?" In Vaughn Shannon and Paul A. Kowert, eds. Psychology and Constructivism in International Relations: An Ideational Alliance. Michigan University Press.

Lopez, A.C. 2010. "Evolution, Coalitional Psychology, and War." H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable on Biology and Security, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 30, 2010.

Media and Commentaries:

"The Ends of War: Human Evolution and the Origins of Inter-Group Violence." (With Dominic Johnson) Evolution: This View of Life March 4, 2016.

"Errors, Interests, and Values: Why Better Advocacy May Produce Little Change." Commentary on Peter J. Richerson. The Social Evolution Forum February 12, 2016.

"A Christmas Truce in the Study of War." Evolution: This View of Life November 18, 2015.

"Why Evolution Made Forgiveness Difficult." Berkeley: The Greater Good. March 24, 2015.


  • Ph.D. Brown University