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 400 Special Topics - Psychology of War TBD Fall 2014
POLS 424 National Security TBD Spring 2015
POLS 429 Special Topics in Foreign/Defense Policy TBD Spring 2015


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

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

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

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.


  • Ph.D. Brown University