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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 came to the Coast Guard Academy to teach while still completing his doctorate in Political Science at Boston University where he was his class’s Presidential Fellow. He helped lead seminars in American politics, international relations, and American diplomatic history as a graduate student, and taught courses in classical and modern political theory as Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences. He created and taught classes in modern political theory, political philosophy in literature, race and identity and science and ethics at Boston-area institutions including BU, MIT, and Simmons College.

Dr. Trosky's research applies moral and political theory to international relations 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). In this and other publications, Trosky introduces an interpretation of Kantian constructivist ethics, just war, and democratic theory that mediates between traditional realist and pacifist poles. This heuristic, the Moral Reasoning Model, adds important nuance to peace and conflict studies in evaluating and ranking individual and institutional justifications for the use of force and suggests 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 "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