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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 2022-23 Research Effort

The 2021 McCain Conference will examine the theory and practice of character and leadership development in this academic year. More information coming soon.

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. Joshua Stuchlik - Donald and Beverly Freeman Fellow

Joshua Stuchlik 

Joshua Stuchlik is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and was previously a fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame. His main areas of research include moral philosophy, just war theory, the philosophy of action, and epistemology. His book Intention and Wrongdoing: In Defense of Double Effect was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. He has also published articles in journals such as the Journal of Moral PhilosophyPhilosophical Studies, Synthese, and the Journal of the History of Philosophy. 

Dr. Dustin Sebell  - USNA Class of 1962 Fellow 

Dustin Sebell

Dustin Sebell is Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he studies and teaches the history of political philosophy, and where he is also Co-Director of the LeFrak Forum and the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy. Previously, he was Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His first book, The Socratic Turn: Knowledge of Good and Evil in an Age of Science, was published in 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania Press and won the Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science. His second book, Xenophon’s Socratic Education: Reason, Religion, and the Limits of Politics, was published in 2021 also by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His work on ancient and modern political philosophy has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Political Science Reviewer, and the Review of Politics.

Dr. Daniel Cervone - USNA Class of 1958 Fellow

Daniel Cervone

Daniel Cervone is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College, where he majored in Mathematics and Psychology, and his Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford, where his graduate advisor was Albert Bandura.  In addition to his position at UIC, Dan has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Washington and Sapienza University of Rome, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Senior Research Assistant (currently) at the United States Naval Academy.  His service to the field includes his role as US-based Chairperson of the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science, ICPS.

Dan’s primary research advances social-cognitive analysis of personality structure and dynamics, especially through his Knowledge and Appraisal Personality Architecture or KAPA model (Cervone, Psychological Review, 2004).  Additional areas of research address self-efficacy processes, self-regulation, and the influence of affective states on thinking about the self. 

In addition to journal articles, Dan has edited books including The Coherence of Personality with Yuichi Shoda and Advances in Personality Science with Walter Mischel, has co-authored the graduate-level personality text Personality: Determinants, Dynamics, and Potentials with Gian Vittorio Caprara of the Sapienza University of Rome and the undergraduate personality text Personality: Theory and Research with Lawrence Pervin of Rutgers University, and is author of the introductory text Psychology: The Science of Personality, Mind, and Brain.  He also is Editor (and Foreword author) for the posthumous publication, A. Bandura (in press), Social Cognitive Theory.

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. Daniel Cervone
  • Dr. Joshua Stuchlik
  • Dr. Dustin Sebell
  • Dr. Patrick Smith


  • Dr. Leonard Kahn
  • Dr. Jovana Davidovic
  • Dr. Richard Dean
  • Dr. Patrick Smith


  • 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