Allison Stanger

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Allison Stanger
Allison Stanger by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Stanger in February 2018
OccupationProfessor, political scientist, consultant
AwardsMerle Fainsod Prize (1986)
Academic background
EducationBall State University (BS)
London School of Economics (GradD)
Harvard University (AM, PhD)
Academic work
Disciplineinternational relations and foreign policy
InstitutionsMiddlebury College

Allison Katherine Stanger is an American political scientist and the Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, Vermont[1] and the founding director of Middlebury's Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Stanger has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2004, and since October 2009 she has worked as a part-time consultant to the United States Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff.


Stanger graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science and mathematics from Ball State University. In 1983, she earned a graduate diploma in economics from the London School of Economics. In 1986, she won the Merle Fainsod Prize for academic promise. In 1988, she earned an A.M. in Soviet Union regional studies from Harvard University, where she also completed her Ph.D in political science in 1991.[2]


Stanger began her career as a risk management analyst with The Equitable Life Assurance Society from 1983 to 1984. Her first academic appointment was as an assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College in 1991. Stanger was the recipient of several research fellowships and grants between 1991 and 1995, focusing on Eastern European languages and foreign policy studies. From 1995 to 1996, she was a visiting scholar at Prague's Charles University. She has held a succession of academic positions in political economy, geopolitics and international affairs at Middlebury, including chairman of the Department of Political Science from 2009 to 2012.[2]

Stanger was the director of Middlebury College's Geonomics Center for International Studies from 1999 to 2002. She was the founding director of the Geonomics Center's successor, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, from its inception in 1999 until her resignation in July 2012.[3]

Stanger's current research focuses on the relationship between technology, the law, and politics. She is a faculty member at Middlebury College, teaching undergraduate courses such as "Politics of Virtual Realities" and "American Foreign Policy".[4] Stanger is also a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America.[2]

Publications and media[edit]

Stanger wrote Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution in 2000.

In her book, One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, published in 2009, Stanger argues that poor oversight of U.S. government contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq has squandered American resources, exacerbating domestic unemployment and deficit problems.[5][6] Stanger has published op-eds about hidden costs due to outsourcing U.S. diplomacy and economic development in the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.[7] In 2010, she testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Senate Budget Committee, and the Congressional Oversight Panel.[4]

Stanger is writing two new books, titled Consumers Versus Citizens: How the Internet Revolution is Remaking Global Security and Democracy's Public Square and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leaks: The Story of Whistleblowing in America.

Assault at Middlebury College[edit]

On March 2, 2017, Stanger accompanied political scientist Charles Murray as his academic escort to a Middlebury College speaking engagement on campus at Wilson Hall.[8] Stanger was injured outside the McCullough Student Center during a attack by protesters attempting to obstruct and damage the vehicle she and guest speaker Murray were riding in as they left the campus.[9][10] Stanger was diagnosed with a concussion as a result of the assault.[11] The next day, Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton confirmed that the protesters' behavior "[inside and outside Wilson Hall] was in clear violation of Middlebury College policy".[12]

External video
video icon Q&A interview with Stanger on her experiences related to the Charles Murray guest speaking incident, October 29, 2017, C-SPAN

Some students (and faculty[13]) felt that by refusing to allow Murray to speak, and by injuring Stanger, the Middlebury College student community "trod all over the ideas of free speech this country was founded upon".[14]

Patton later issued a statement, saying the school would conduct an investigation into the sequence of events and then determine what actions to take for those individuals who were involved. Patton also said that the Middlebury Police Department would investigate the violent confrontation outside McCullough.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Stanger is married to Michael Kraus, professor of political science at Middlebury, and has two children. She is fluent in the Czech and French languages. Stanger was a Delegate from New York at the Democratic National Convention in 1984.[2]


  • One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy Yale University Press, 2009 ISBN 978-0300152654.
  • Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution (co-edited and co-translated with Michael Kraus), Foreword by Václav Havel, Rowman and Littlefield, 2000 ISBN 978-0847690213.

Congressional testimony[edit]

  • Testimony before the Congressional Oversight Panel, “Hearing on Treasury’s Use of Private Contractors on TARP” – September 22, 2010[16]
  • Testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, Hearing on “Responsible Contracting: Modernizing the Business of Government” – July 15, 2010[17]
  • Testimony before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, Hearing on “Are Private Contractors Performing Inherently Governmental Functions?” – June 18, 2010[18]


  1. ^ Faculty profile Archived 2011-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, Middlebury Political Science Dept., retrieved 2011-10-03.
  2. ^ a b c d "Political Science Faculty: Allison Stanger". Middlebury College. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Annual Reports: Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs". Middlebury College. 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Allison Stanger". Middlebury College. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "The $1-million soldier", CBC, Reprinted from the Financial Post, December 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Cummings, Capt. Michael (April 18, 2011), "One Soldier's Experience With One Nation Under Contract", The New York Times.
  7. ^ Davidson, Joe (June 22, 2010), "Defining 'inherently governmental' and role of contractors in U.S. war fight", The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Staff writers (March 3, 2017). "Middlebury College professor injured by protesters as she escorted controversial speaker". Addison County Independent. Addison County, Vermont. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ Jaschik, Scott (6 March 2017). "The Aftermath at Middlebury: Middlebury engages in soul-searching after speech is shouted down and professor is attacked". Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  10. ^ Hallenbeck, Brent (March 3, 2017). "Protesters created 'violent incident' at Middlebury". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Stanger, Allison (13 March 2017). "Understanding the Angry Mob at Middlebury That Gave Me a Concussion". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  12. ^ "March 3, 2017: Letter from President Patton Concerning Last Night's Events". Middlebury. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  13. ^ Anzali, Ata (9 March 2017). "A Sad Day on Campus". The Middlebury Campus. Retrieved 20 March 2017. As I sat in McCullough Student Center, unsuccessfully trying to watch the live stream of Murray’s speech in the middle of student protests, fire alarms going on and off and the live stream being cut off, I saw the frozen face of a man with whom I deeply, and fundamentally, disagreed. As events unfolded, however, I could think less and less about my disagreements with him and more and more about how much the student protesters — who could afford to ignore President Patton and Professor Stanger’s open and strong invitation for civic engagement and rhetorical resilience — took the tremendous amount of freedom that they had for granted. A freedom that, even after the loss of thousands of precious lives in its pursuit, still looks like a distant dream in many countries across the globe.
  14. ^ Smith, Charles (9 March 2017). "Charles Murray, Middlebury, the Working Class and the Rise of Trump's America". The Middlebury Campus. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Statement from President Laurie L. Patton Regarding Charles Murray Event". Middlebury College. March 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hearing on Treasury's Use of Private Contractors". Washington, D.C.: University of North Texas Libraries. 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2017. Alt URL
  17. ^ "Responsible Contracting: Modernizing the Business of Government". U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Commission Hearing on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan: Are Private Security Contractors Performing Inherently Governmental Functions?". University of North Texas Libraries. 18 June 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2017. Alt URL

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