My research has focused on moral issues surrounding civil conflict, "low intensity" warfare, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and counterinsurgency. I have a particular interest in applying concepts from the pragmatist and feminist philosophical traditions to concrete questions in these areas, such as civilian protection strategy and post-conflict security sector reform. This philosophical focus helpfully foregrounds the humanity of individuals in conflict, and brings the impact of violence on communities to the forefront. All of this makes me rather close to becoming a pacifist, which wins me no friends.
I have has conducted field research on peacekeeping ethics at the UN as well as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Ghana, and Rwanda. My first book, The Morality of Peacekeeping is due out in December 2013, from Edinburgh University Press. You can also find many of his other writings on my Academia.edu profile.
Recently, I have begun exploring the theoretical links between the way that international interventions manage violence and the way that domestic policy - particularly policing strategies and mass incarceration - shifts the incidence and burden of violence. My research on these topics is complemented by my involvement with the Jessup Correctional Institution Scholars Program.
Beyond the University, I have conducted research on behalf of the US Africa Command, US Institute of Peace, and Stimson Center. I am an active participant in the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, even though most people at the meetings are unclear on why they need a philosopher. And in the fall 2011 semester, I served as a Fulbright scholar in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana.
I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty, I served as a program officer in the Education and Training Center (International) at the US Institute of Peace. Most of my time not spent writing things involves being asked to re-tell fairy tales "the right way" (i.e., without including giant robots) by my daughter.
Areas of Interest:
Ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of international law, civil conflict, violence, peacekeeping, policing, incarceration