Michael Skerker is an assistant professor in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law department. He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1997) and his Masters and Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1999, 2004).
Before joining the faculty of USNA, he taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. His academic interests include professional ethics, just war theory, moral pluralism, theological ethics, and religion and politics. Publications include works on ethics and asymmetrical war, moral pluralism, intelligence ethics, and the book An Ethics of Interrogation (Univ of Chicago Press, 2010). He is currently working on a book about the moral status of combatants. Prof. Skerker teaches "Moral Reasoning for the Naval Leader," "Philosophy of Religion," and "Ethics and the War on Terror." He is also teaching "Christian and Islamic Just War Theory".
Recent publications on military ethics include:
- "The Rights of Irregular Combatants," Defense Intelligence Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, (spr 2011): 35-49
- An Ethics of Interrogation (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
- "Intelligence Ethics and Non-Coercive Interrogation," Defense Intelligence Journal, 16-1 (2007): 61-76
- "Jesus and Mars: The Christian Just War Tradition," in Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law, ed. David Linnan, (Praeger, 2008)
- "Just War Criteria and the New Face of War," Journal of Military Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 1, (Spring 2003): 27-39