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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

Dr. Trosky comes to the Coast Guard Academy from Boston University where he was Presidential Fellow in the Department of Political Science. Helping lead seminars in American politics, international relations, and American diplomatic history as a graduate student, he also created and taught classes in classical and modern political theory, race and identity, and contemporary social thought at Boston-area institutions including BU, MIT, and Simmons College.

Applying a background in moral and political philosophy to the study of public opinion in social psychology and peace studies, his dissertation project proposed a new model for identifying and ranking interventionist justifications in qualitative survey research. As a member of the Group on International Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace, Trosky's research on international law, Kantian ethics, and the just war tradition and their representation in peace and conflict studies has been shared widely in person and in print, including recent title chapters in International Handbooks of War, Torture, and Terror, and Peace and Reconciliation.

Trosky has been visiting junior fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and the Clark Fellow in Global Citizenship at University of Calgary’s Consortium for Peace Studies. Before coming to the Academy, he worked as research associate in comparative institutional design for Cambridge-based Conflict Dynamics International. Dr. Trosky continues this work on peacebuilding, human security, and trust in the American federal system, and the challenges of democratic foreign policy. He maintains a personal and professional interest in food, energy, and transportation independence.

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

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