Dr. Graham Parsons

Associate Professor


Associate Professor (2017-present) Fellow, Individualisation of War Project, European University Institute (2018-19) I like cooking, movies, books, and soccer.

Ongoing Research Projects

I am working on a series of articles on the relationship between military ethics and gender, especially masculinity. At the core of this inquiry is the thesis that conventional military ethics and law treat soldiers as expendable instruments of national security and that this view is based on the presumption of the masculine nature of military service members. Ultimately, I think this project shows that soldiers deserve greater civil liberties at home and that there ought to be more constraints on attacks against combatants in war.

Publications & Presentations

Edited Books

Walzer and War: Reading Just and Unjust Wars Today, co-edited with Mark Wilson, Palgrave/MacMillan, forthcoming.

Articles and Chapters (forthcoming)

“Contract, Gender, and the Emergence of the Civil/Military Distinction,” Review of Politics

“Walzer’s Soldiers: Gender and the Rights of Combatants,” in Walzer and War: Reading Just and Unjust Wars Today, Palgrave/MacMillan.

Refereed Articles and Chapters in Print

“The Dualism of Modern Just War Theory,” Philosophia, volume 45, issue 2, June 2017,  pp. 751-771.

“What is the Classical Theory of Just Cause? A Response to Gregory Reichberg,” Journal of Military Ethics, volume 12, issue 4, December 2013, pp. 357-69.

“Public War and the Moral Equality of Combatants,” Journal of Military Ethics, volume  11, issue 4, December 2012, pp. 299-317.

“The Incoherence of Walzer’s Just War Theory,” Social Theory and Practice, volume 38,  issue 4, October 2012, pp 663-88.

Recent Presentations

“The Ethics of Forced Distribution of Officer Evaluations,” with MAJ Joseph Mazzocchi, Individualisation of War Project Practitioner Workshop, West Point, February 13, 2019.

“Is the Military a Civic Proving Ground?” panel on Immigration, Military Service, and Citizenship, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, January 08, 2019.

“Reply to Terrorism Unjustified,” Author Meets Critics Session on Vicente Medina’s Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence, Felician College, April 21, 2018.

“Walzer’s Soldiers: Gender and the Rights of Combatants,” 4th Annual Conference on the Ethics of War and Peace, West Point, NY, October 27, 2017.

Respondent: Michael Walzer

“Men of Fortitude: Gender and Combatant Non-Immunity,” Long Island University Philosophy Colloquium, April 5, 2017.

“Repealing Obamacare? Reflections on Justice and Access to Health Insurance,” Philosophy Forum Lecture, USMA, February 21, 2017.

“Families, Armies, and the Traditional Social Contract,” New York Society for Women in Philosophy Workshop (SWIPshop), July 23, 2016.