John Harden

E. John E Rosenwald, Jr. '52 TU'53 Postdoctoral Fellow

John P. Harden's research investigates how individual differences, such as personality, shape international security. His main area of interest is leader narcissism. Narcissism is a personality trait defined by a need to maintain an inflated sense of self. Harden has found that narcissistic leaders, because of their immense focus on behaving in ways which align with their self-image, approach foreign policy differently than less narcissistic leaders. He has found that narcissistic leaders more frequently initiate Great Power conflicts, and experience longer interstate wars. His research has been published in International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.  

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369 Haldeman
HB 6048


  • B.A. City University of New York - Hunter College
  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University