John Kelsay (Ph.D. '85, University of Virginia, Ethics) focuses on religious ethics, particularly in relation to the Islamic and Christian traditions. His current work deals with religion and politics.
- Comparative Religious Ethics
- Political Ethics
- Religion and War
- Arguing the Just War in Islam (Harvard, 2007)
- Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics (Westminster/John Knox, 1993)
- Just War and Jihad (co-edited; Greenwood Press, 1991)
- Human Rights and the Conflict of Cultures (co-authored; University of South Carolina, 1988)
“Alberico Gentili,” in Cian O’Driscoll and Daniel Brunstetter, eds., Just War Thinkers (New York: Routledge, 2018): 118-127.
“On Fighting as an Individual Duty,” in The Muslim World 106/2 (April, 2016): 374-383.
“Neighbor Love in Muslim Discourse,” in Frederick Simmons and Brian C. Sorrells, eds., Love and Christian Ethics (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016): 360-374.
- “Political Practice: The Nexus Between Realisms and Just War Thinking,” in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 98/1 (2015): 38-58.
- “Nigel Biggar’s In Defence of War: A Review Essay,” in Studies in Christian Ethics 27 (November, 2014): 490-498
- “Just War Thinking as a Social Practice,” Ethics and International Affairs 27/1 (2013): 1-20
- “The Present State of the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics: An Update,” Journal of Religious Ethics 40/4 (2012): 583-602
Current Research Projects
- Articles and a book on just war, jihad, and U.S. foreign policy
- Articles and a book outlining an approach to the comparative study of ethics
- Religious Ethics
- Christian and Islamic Political Thought
Recent Graduate Students and Placements
- John Samuel Houston (Ph.D., 2017), Department of Religious Studies, Stetson University
- Rosemary Kellison (Ph.D., 2013), Department of Philosophy, University of West Georgia
- James Broucek (Ph.D., 2012), Department of Religious Studies, Iowa State University
- Shannon Dunn (Ph.D., 2012), Department of Religious Studies, Gonzaga University
- Matt Hagele (Ph.D., 2011), Department of Religion, Kirkwood Community College
- Nahed Artoul Zehr (Ph.D., 2011), Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University
- REL3171: Topics in Ethics: Religion, Revolution, Violence
- REL4190/RGL5195: Seminar: The Just War Idea
- RGL5497: Seminar: Just War & Military Ethics (co-taught with Dr. Sumner Twiss)
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