Madison Schramm was a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and assistant professor for political science at the University of Toronto.

Schramm has previously worked with the US Army War College; Council on Foreign Relations; Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Yale University’s Political Violence FieldLab; and the RAND Corporation. Schramm’s research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, and gender and foreign policy. Her current book project, In Search of Monsters to Destroy: Why Liberal Democracies Fight Dictators, explores the psychological and cultural dynamics that exacerbate conflicts between liberal democracies and personalist regimes. She has published manuscripts exploring gender and conflict initiation, democratic constitutional systems and conflict, and diversity and inclusion in post-conflict states. Her commentary and reviews have been published with Foreign Affairs, the Texas National Security Review, the Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor, the Duck of Minerva, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schramm received her PhD in government from Georgetown University and her dissertation, Making Meaning and Making Monsters: Democracies, Personalist Regimes, and International Conflict, was the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth N. Waltz Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association’s International Security Section.