Paul Strom came to Boulder from New Mexico to attend CU in 1967 where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He was also able to take advantage of the first Study Abroad program at the University of Lancaster, England. It was during the turmoil of the Vietnam War era that Professor Strom became interested in other matters that seemed urgent, and so he pursued a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Change, which he received in 1990 from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. Soon after completing his doctorate, he was invited to teach a course for the Kittredge Honors Program called The Ethics of Ambition.
Not only has he been teaching a version of this course ever since, but the teaching opportunity led to the invitation to direct the Kittredge Honors Program in 1999. This relationship continues to be both challenging and rewarding and he remains quite happy to be back in Boulder and at CU. He also teaches Nonviolence and the Ethics of Social Action, which reflects his personal, research, and writing interest in the strategies of nonviolent social transformation, matters which are of great urgency. He can often be spotted riding his skinny-tired bike around campus (summer and winter) or on the roads in the area plus on the hiking trails in the mountains.