Valerie Morkevicius

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Valerie Morkevicius

Associate Professor of Political Science

Department/Office Information

Political Science, International Relations
140 Persson Hall


  • 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
  • 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 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


"Introduction: The Roles of International Law and Just War Theory," Ethics and International Affairs, 31(4), 2017, 431-432.

"Looking Inward Together: Just War Thinking and Our Shared Moral Emotions," Ethics and International Affairs, 31(4), 2017, 441-451.

"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.

“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

"The Fog of War: Violence, Coercion and Jus ad vim," co-authored with Danielle Lupton, in Jai Galliott, ed., Force Short of War in Modern Conflict: Jus Ad Vim (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019).

“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, 2017), 33-48.

"Just Revolution: Protestant Precedents for Resistance and Rebellion," co-authored with Glenn A. Moots, in Glenn A. Moots and Phillip Hamilton, eds., Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), 35-63.

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

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

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

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

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

Book Reviews

"Outsourcing War: The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization by Amy E. Eckert. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 2015. (Review)," Political Science Quarterly, 132(2), 2017, 272-275.

"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), International Studies Review, 16(1), 2014, 158-160.