Valerie Morkevicius - Colgate University - Faculty Directory

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Valerie Morkevicius

Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science, 140 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7964


PhD, University of Chicago, Political Science, 2008

MA, University of Chicago, Committee on International Relations, 2000

BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, East Asian Languages and Cultures/French, 1999 


  • International relations theory
  • Just War 
  • Ethics of Security, Cybersecurity, and Information Warfare
  • Religion and International Conflict
  • International Humanitarian Law

Professional Experience

  • Research Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethics and Leadership, United States Naval Academy 2010-2011
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, 2008-2010
  • Lecturer, Saint Xavier University, 2006-2008



Realist Ethics: Just War Traditions as Power Politics   (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)


"Response to Michael Gross: Between Reality and Restraint," Journal of Military Ethics, 14(3-4), 2015, 260-265.

“Power and Order: The Shared Logics of Realism and Just War Theory,” International Studies Quarterly, 59(1), 2015, 11-22.

“Tin Men: Ethics, Cybernetics and the Importance of Soul,” Journal of Military Ethics, 13(1), 2014, 3-19.

“Re-Thinking Legitimate Authority: Incorporating Non-State Actors into the Just War Framework,” Review of Ethics, Authority and War: Non-State Actors and the Just War Tradition, Eric A. Heinze and Brent J. Steele, eds., (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), in International Studies Review, 16(1), 2014, 158-160.

“Why We Need a Just Rebellion Theory,” in Ethics and International Affairs, 27(4), 2013, 401-411.

“Changing the Rules of the Game: A Just Peace Critique of Just War Thought,” Nova et Vetera, 10(4), 2011, 1115-1140.

Book Chapters

“Coercion, Manipulation and Harm: Civilian Immunity and Soft War,” in Michael Gross and Tami Meisels, eds., Soft War: The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“Protestant Christianity,” in Religion, War and Ethics: A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions, Gregory M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2014, 235-299.

"Hindu Perspectives on Just War" in The Prism of Just War: Asian and Western Perspectives on the Legitimate Use of Military Force, Howard Hensel, ed., Ashgate Press, 2010, 169-194. 

"Shi'i Perspectives on Just War," in The Prism of Just War: Asian and Western Perspectives on the Legitimate Use of Military Force, Howard Hensel, ed., Ashgate Press, 2010, 145-168.

"Ethics of War in Protestant Christianity," World Religions and Norms of War, Greg Reichberg and Vesselin Popovski, eds., United Nations University Press, 2009, 220-254.

"Just War: an ethic of restraint or the defense of order?" in Justice and Violence: Political Violence, Pacifism and Cultural Transformation, Allan Eickelmann, Eric Nelson and Tom Lansford, eds., Ashgate Press, 2005, 3-20.