Dr. Edward Barrett, Ph.D
Volgenau Director of Strategy and Research, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
201-G Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-J), 112 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5022
Edward T. Barrett is Research Director at the U.S. Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, and an ethics professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law.
Raised in suburban Chicago, he attended the University of Notre Dame on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. After serving nine years as an active duty C-130 pilot, he began doctoral studies in political theory at the University of Chicago. While in graduate school, he worked for two years as speechwriter to the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, taught political theory at the University of Chicago, and continued to serve as an instructor pilot in the Air Force Reserves.
Completing his Ph.D. in 2003, he was recalled to active duty for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and completed four deployments as an aircraft commander and operations officer. He returned to academia in 2006 as a research fellow and ethics professor at the Naval Academy, and assumed his current position at the Stockdale Center in 2008.
He retired in 2013 as a reserve Colonel from the Air Force's Directorate of Strategic Planning, and is the author of Human Persons and Liberal Democracy: The Ethical and Political Thought of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II.