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Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

Fellowship Program


One of the Center’s cornerstone programs is the Resident Fellowship.  This unique and multidisciplinary fellowship brings together civilian academics and military professionals to study a timely topic relevant to military operations.  The fellows participate in a weekly research seminar, conduct independent and joint research, serve as guest instructors to the Midshipmen, travel to meet with other experts in the field, publish their analyses in journals and books, produce instructional materials for the Academy curriculum, and make presentations at the Academy and other national and international forums.

The Center advertises widely each year for Resident Fellowship candidates, and the Center’s Dean of Research and Director of the Office of Research and Scholarship in Ethics review all submitted applications.  The Center selects three Resident Fellows each year.

The Stockdale Center Resident Fellowship has helped launch academic careers for several of its newly-minted Ph.D. fellows, including: Dr. Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco (Grand Valley State University), Dr. Adam Betts (Bloomsburg University), Dr. Doyle Hodges (Texas National Security Review), Dr. Andrew Bell (Indiana University), Dr. Michael Robillard (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo (Texas State University), Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick (George Mason University), Dr. Bradley Strawser (Naval Postgraduate School) and Dr. Valerie Morkevicius (Colgate University).


 Apply to the Fellowship Program for 2021-2022


Academic Year 2020-21 Research Effort

The 2021 McCain Conference will examine two understudied and increasingly important issues: “The Ethics of Intelligence and Grey Zone Operations.” 

While thinking about the justice of warfare is highly developed, ethical analyses of intelligence activities—which can involve lying, manipulation, coercion, stealing and killing in order to defend or obtain information—are relatively recent and conflicting.  Some argue that the rights-based just war criteria are applicable to harmful intelligence activities; others insist that spying is a “game” in which participants tacitly consent to abide by certain rules.  In addition to identifying relevance ethical principles, the conference will apply them to specific espionage operations such as human and (rapidly improving) technical methods of intelligence gathering, interrogational torture, covert action, assassination and analysis; and evaluate existing education and oversight efforts. 

On the other hand, ethical work on lethal and sublethal interstate competition occurring in a “grey zone” between war and peace has only just begun.  One of the first gatherings of experts on the topic, the conference will define the grey zone, identify the relevant normative frameworks, and discuss moral challenges associated with various operations—limitedly lethal, economic, information, election, legal and cyber.  

In addition to this year's fellows, the following Stockdale staff are participating in this year’s work:

  • Dr. Ed Barrett, Director of Strategy and Research, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Dr. David Luban, the Distinguished Chair of Ethics, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Mr. Mitt Regan, Senior Research Fellow, Stockdale Center, U.S. Naval Academy    


Current Fellows

Generously funded by USNA Classes of 1958 1962, 1973 and by a 10 year gift of support from Donald and Beverly Freeman.


Dr. Leonard Kahn - Donald and Beverely Freeman Fellow

Dr. Leonard Kahn 

Leonard Kahn is an an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans. His teaching and research are primarily in moral theory and applied ethics. He is especially interested in the intersection between just war theory and the ethics of technology. He has edited three books (Mill on Justice, Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics, and Mill’s ‘On Liberty’). His articles have been published in Philosophical Studies; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; The Journal of Moral Philosophy; Ethics, Policy, and Environment, Southwest Philosophical Studies; Essays in Philosophy, and Theoretical and Applied Ethics, and he has published book chapters in volumes by Oxford University Press, Springer, Routledge, Brill, Palgrave Macmillan, Blackwell, Open Court, Vernon, and Broadview. His book reviews (some of which were co-written with his Loyola undergraduates) have appeared in the journals Ethics, Philosophy in Review, and Metapsychology.

Dr. Jovana Davidovic - USNA Class of 1962 Fellow 

Dr. Jovana Davidovic

Jovana Davidovic (PhD, University of Minnesota, 2011) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Iowa, where she also holds a complimentary appointment at the Law School and the Center for Human RightsPrior to joining UIowa in 2012, Davidovic was doing post-doctoral work at Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Canberra, Australia. Her research focuses on military ethics and philosophy of international law and has been published in venues such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Military Ethics, Ethics and International Affairs, Journal of Applied Ethics, and others. Her research and publications span a range of issues, including humanitarian military interventions, proportionality in war, ethics of displacement, ethics of AI, algorithmic auditing, the changing character of war, universal jurisdiction, transitional justice and others. Davidovic has also worked extensively as an ethics consultant, in a range of industries including large international banks, Big Four professional service firms, ed-tech and tech firms, as well as humanitarian organizations around the world, most recently serving as the Chief Ethics Officer for BABL AI, an algorithmic bias auditing and ethics consultancy. Her ethics consulting work includes organizational ethics and organizational culture assessment and advising, ethical decision-making framework building and ethical risk assessments, with a focus on ethical risk assessment for use and development of algorithms.  

Dr. Richard Dean - USNA Class of 1958 Fellow

Dr. Richard Dean

Richard Dean is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University Los Angeles. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and taught at Rutgers University and the American University of Beirut before taking his current position.  His main areas of research include Kant’s ethics, contemporary normative moral theory, and various areas of applied ethics, including an emergent interest in the ethics of AI. He also has interests in experimental philosophy, social justice, and political philosophy. His book, The Value of Humanity in Kant’s Moral Theory, and a co-edited collection, Respect: Philosophical Essays, were published with Oxford University Press. He has contributed several chapters to volumes by invitation, and has published articles in journals such as Bioethics, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Utilitas, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, and Kantian Review.

Dr. Patrick Smith - USNA Class of 1973 Fred Minier Resident Ethics Fellow

Dr. Patrick Smith

Patrick Taylor Smith is Assistant Professor (with tenure) of Ethics and Technology in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente. Before coming to the Netherlands, Patrick was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at the National University of Singapore. He works primarily in social and political philosophy, with a specific focus on the intersection between global justice and emerging climate technologies where his work has been awarded the Jonathan Trejo-Mathys essay prize. He also has a research focus in the application of just war theory to emerging military technologies, especially cyberwarfare and lethal autonomous weapon systems. His work can be found in such journals as the The Monist, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Ethics and Information Technology, and others. His book Climate Revolution: The Ethics of Radical Environmental Action, under contract at Oxford University Press, is due to be out in the summer of 2023.

Fellowship Alumni


  • Dr. Marc LiVecche
  • Dr. Elizabeth Radziszeski 
  • Dr. Pierce Randall


  • Dr. Marcus Hedhal
  • Dr. Heather Pangle 
  • Dr. Pierce Randall

2018 - 2019

  • Dr. Brent Kyle
  • Dr. Joshua Kassner
  • Dr. Alycia LaGurdia-LoBianco

2017 - 2018

  • Dr. Adam Betz
  • Dr. Chris Eberle
  • Dr. Doyle Hodges

2016 - 2017

  • Dr. Adam Betz
  • Dr. Andrew Bell
  • Dr. David Lefkowitz

2015 - 2016

  • Dr. Jeff Black
  • Dr. Michael Skerker
  • Dr. Michael Robbillard

2014 - 2015

  • Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo
  • Dr. Jessica Wolfendale
  • Dr. Joe Capizzi

 2013 - 2014

  • Dr. Joe Capizzi (Sponsored by USNA Class of 1958)
  • Dr. Scott Davis (Sponsored by USNA Class of 1962)
  • Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick

2012 - 2013

  • Dr. Scott Davis (Sponsored by USNA Class of 1958)
  • Dr. Chris Hill (Sponsored by USNA Class of 1962)
  • Dr. Alec Chance

2011 - 2012

  • Dr. Dr. Chris Eberle
  • Dr. Randall Dipert
  • Dr. Brad Strawser
  • Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos

2010 - 2011

  • Dr. Henri Hude
  • Dr. Valerie Morkevicius
  • Dr. William H. Shaw

2009 - 2010

  • Dr. Stephen Coleman
  • Brigadier General Richard O'Meara USA (Ret.)
  • Dr. Patrick Lin , Ph.D.
  • Dr. Brad Allenby, Ph.D, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Max Mehlman, J.D. Ph.D, Case Western Reserve University

2008 - 2009

  • Dr. Susan Marble Barranca
  • Major Richard T. Higdon, USAF, MSC
  • CDR Joseph J. McInerney, USN
  • Dr. Thomas B. Grassey

2007 - 2008

  • LTCOL Guy Jordan, USMC
  • Dr. Ed Barrett, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Clementine Fujimura, Ph.D

2006 - 2007

  • LTCOL Bob Durkin, USMC
  • Capt. Tom Webber, USN
  • Ms. Vicki Divoll