Ethics Fellowship Programs  



 One of the Center’s cornerstone programs is the Fellows program.  The Fellows program is a unique and multidisciplinary effort that brings together academics and military professionals to study a specific topic in the field of military ethics and leadership.  The Fellows meet together for a weekly seminar, host guest speakers, conduct independent and joint research, travel to meet with other experts in the field, publish their findings in journals and books, produce instructional materials for the Academy curriculum, and make presentations at the Academy and other national and international forums.

 Each year, the Center advertises widely for civilian candidates interested in the Fellows Program.  The Distinguished Chair in Ethics and the Center’s Director of Research review all submitted applications, conduct phone interviews, check references and narrow the field to six to eight finalists.  A committee composed of the Center Director, Deputy Center Director, Distinguished Chair in Ethics, Distinguished Chair of Leadership and Center’s Director of Research choose two Resident Fellows and two Non-Resident Fellows from these finalists to serve in the upcoming academic year.  The Fellows program is funded through the generosity of the Naval Academy Classes of 1958 and 1962 and SAIC. This Center program has been in existence since Academic Year 2000-2001. 

 Impact on the Naval Academy and Other Institutions:

 Research accomplished by the Fellows makes a significant impact on education at the Naval Academy and policy making within our national government. 

 Fellows interact with midshipmen in the classroom, both as adjunct instructors and seminar leaders, and provide professional development opportunities for instructors and professors in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law (LEL).  As Fellows tackle emerging issues in military ethics and leadership, they are able to develop case studies and other instructional materials to support the core and elective courses offered by LEL and take on a mentoring role for midshipmen interested in the topics pursued by the Fellows cohort.

 The Fellows research is also designed to inform the highest levels of naval service leadership about emerging ethics and leadership challenges for the foreseeable future.  At the conclusion of the research effort, the Center hosts the McCain Conference where the Fellows are joined by military and civilian educators from the nation’s service academies and war colleges and other thought leaders to discuss and debate the research conducted at the Naval Academy. Policy issues and recommendations emerging from the McCain conference are shared with the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Additionally, because of the participation of the Fellows in high visibility conferences and meetings and the publications they produce, their work enhances the influence and prestige of the Stockdale Center and the Naval Academy worldwide.

 Academic Year 2013-14 Research Effort

 This year’s research and McCain Conference will examine warfare ethics across cultures, emphasising non-U.S. perspectives on the ethics of initiating and conducting warfare—including Chinese, Iranian, Russian, radical Islamic, Indian, Japanese, and EU perspectives.  Our main goals are to understand the current warfare ethics perspectives of foreign military leaders and to delve into the philosophical/religious traditions that inform, or could inform, these perspectives.

 In addition to this year's fellow the following individuals are participating in this year’s work:

-          Dr. Ed Barrett, Co-Facilitator, Director of Strategy and Research, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

-          Dr. George Lucas, Co-Facilitator, Distinguished Chair in Ethics, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy

-          Dr. Michael Skerker, Seminar Participant, U.S. Naval Academy

-          MAJ Jeff McCarthy, USMC, Assistant Director, Stockdale Center

 If you are interested in applying for this opportunity during the 2013-2014 academic year, please apply here.

Current Fellows:
 Funded by USNA Classes of 1958, 1962 and 1978

September 2013 - May 2014

  • Dr. Joseph E. Capizzi : Joseph E. Capizzi is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology.  He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism.  In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and is currently a bioethics advisor to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission, on which he has served since his appointment by Governor Ehrlich in 2006.  He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.
  • Dr. Scott Davis :  Dr. Davis was born in Texas and grew up on the Stanford campus. He received an A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, followed by a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Davis taught at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and Princeton University before being appointed the Lewis T. Booker Professor of Religion and Ethics at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Warcraft and the Fragility of Virtue (Idaho, 1992; Wipf & Stock, 2011), Religion and Justice in the War over Bosnia (Routledge, 1996), and Believing and Acting (Oxford, 2012).
  • Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick : Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick was born in Massachusetts, where he spent most of his childhood years. Jesse earned a BS in Speech from Emerson College, completed graduate studies in ethics at American University, and earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland.  As a lecturer at the University of Maryland, he has taught courses in just war theory, introduction to political science, and the history of political theory. Dr. Kirkpatrick most recently worked as a Social Science Research Analyst at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab, where he focused on the analysis of National Security, Asymmetric Warfare, and COIN. A political and moral philosopher by training, Dr. Kirkpatrick's research focuses on just war theory, human rights, and the history of political thought, and he has conducted field research in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Lebanon. Dr. Kirkpatrick is currently working on a book manuscript on a cosmopolitan account of jus post bellum (justice after war) within the just war tradition. Dr. Kirkpatrick lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son, with whom he is currently writing a children's book about a friendly but misunderstood dragon.
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