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Strom, Paul Sr Instructor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Dr. Strom's primary research interest is in nonviolent social transformation: the philosophy and strategies of such practitioners as M.K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dorothy Day, as well as the theoretical analysis of Gene Sharp. This research is integrated into the ongoing construction of a memoir of Dr. Strom's experiences of living in Los Alamos, NM, the 'Atomic City.' Dr. Strom also researches and contributes to the national conversations on student leadership in honors residential communities and the integration of the honors academic mission with the Residence Life mission, staff, and training.


  • Social and ethical analysis of Los Alamos, New Mexico, the Manhattan Project and the Cold War years, theories and strategies of nonviolent social transformation, US Civil Rights movement, Contributor to national dialogue on student leadership in honors residential programs, contributor to national dialogue on Faculty in Residence in honors residential programs


courses taught

  • HONR 2250 - Ethics of Ambition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Through selected readings in classical literature on ethics and through more contemporary readings and films, examines critical ethical issues relating to the competition of ambitions and the alternative styles of choosing between courses of action in a dangerous world. Uses biographies of those whose lives illustrate both the complexities of the struggles and the profundity of possibilities. Considers the unconscious metaphors of national visions and ambitions, the competing ethics of ends and means, the conflicting ambitions in a pluralistic society, and the transcendent ambitions of visionaries. Same as FARR 2660.
  • INVS 4402 - Nonviolent Social Movements
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores theories of democracy and development in relation to movements for nonviolent social change. Focuses on means and ends, spirituality, leadership, decision-making, civil society, cooperative economics, ecology and decentralized powers.


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