Q&A: Professor Christopher Blattman on Roots of Violence and Paths to Peace

Christopher Blattman

Why does poverty, violence and crime exist? And what are the events and interventions that lead people in and out? These are the types of questions that fascinate University of Chicago scholar Christopher Blattman.

An economist and political scientist, Blattman conducts field studies, surveys, natural experiments, and field experiments in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Chicago.

The Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the Harris School of Public Policy, Blattman also has been a business consultant and accountant, and spent two years as a cook at what he calls “a vaguely militant KFC outlet.” But he maintains that his best jobs were rock-climbing instructor and music store salesman.

Now Blattman can add another item to his eclectic CV: today, his new book, Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace, hits bookshelves.

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This story was first published by the Harris School of Public Policy. 

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