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Abram Trosky
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 701-6668
Humanities Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Abram Trosky is Lecturer in Ethics and Political Theory at the Coast Guard Academy. He was previously Presidential Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. There, he helped lead seminars in American politics, international relations, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and taught courses in classical and modern political theory as Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Trosky's research applies moral and political theory to international relations (IR) and its contemporary and historical study and practice. His dissertation project critically examines the normative tradition of the just war in IR, its role in public opinion, and how these are represented in social psychological peace research (SPPR). His Moral Reasoning Model (MRM) adds important nuance to peace and conflict studies in evaluating and ranking individual and institutional justifications for the use of force and helps define a normative political theory more compatible with international law and practice than the status quo in IR and SPPR.

As a member of the Group on International Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace, Dr. Trosky's research has been shared widely in person and in print, including recent title chapters in Springer's International Handbooks of War, Torture, and Terror, and Peace and Reconciliation. He has been an English-Speaking Union fellow in Religion and Politics, a visiting scholar in University of Melbourne’s Ashworth Centre for Social Thought and the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and Clark Fellow in Global Citizenship at University of Calgary’s Consortium for Peace Studies. Outside of academia, Dr. Trosky was research associate in comparative institutional design for Cambridge-based Conflict Dynamics International.

Dr. Trosky's Curriculum Vitae 

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Boston University, 2014
  • M.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College Graduate Institute, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, Washington and Lee University, 2002

Courses Taught:
  • 2393 Moral and Ethical Philosophy
  • 2263 American Government
  • 2361 Political Theory
  • 2293 Moral and Political Philosophy

Selected Publications and Presentations (2013):
  • Trosky, A., Salmberg, M., Marcucci, L., O’Neil, S. (2013). Integrative Summary for Definitions of War, Torture, and Terrorism. In K. Malley-Morrison, S. McCarthy, & D. Hines (Eds.), International Handbook of War, Torture, and Terrorism (pp. 163-179). New York: Springer.
  • Trosky, A. and Campbell, T. (2013). Achieving Peace: An Integration. In K. Malley-Morrison, A. Mercurio, & G. Twose (Eds.) International Handbook of Peace and Reconciliation (pp. 631-649). New York: Springer.
  • Trosky, A. (2013). Human Rights in (T. Teo, Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer.
  • Trosky, A., Malley-Morrison,K. and Cantrell, C. (2013). Justification in (T. Teo, Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, New York: Springer.
  • Trosky, A. (2013) “Mapping correlates of moral engagement: Sociocognitive versus just war rationales for the use of force”, Boston Area Moral and social cognition group (BAM) monthly meeting, March 26, 2013.
  • Trosky, A. (2013) “Ethics and Scientific Work” Respondent, MIT’s Central Square Theater’s Conversations in Context, March 20, 2013.

  • U.S. Delegation of the European Union “European Voices: The EU Inside Out” grant coauthor, 2013-2015
  • Boston University Department of Political Science Dean’s Fellow, 2013–2014
  • Dr. Arthur Clark Research Fellow in Global Citizenship, University of Calgary, 2011
  • Institute for Human Sciences Visiting Junior Fellow
, 2008
  • Department of Political Science Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2008
  • Presidential University Teaching Fellow, 2006–2009
  • Dean of Students Academic Achievement Award, 2006
  • Finalist, A. W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
, 2005
  • Presidential University Graduate Fellow 2005