Professor David Whetham
Dr David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year.
David has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, Annapolis (2011), and with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics at the Australian Defence College in Canberra (2009). He is currently a PLuS Alliance Fellow, coordinating reserach activities with King's strategic partners at University of New South Wales and Arizona State University, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW Canberra.
Publications include Ethics, Law and Military Operations (Palgrave, 2010), Just Wars and Moral Victories (Brill, 2009) and with Andrea Ellner & Paul Robinson (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
David is Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro ISME) which holds an annual conference for military practitioners, academics and defence policy-makers.
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Dr Sally Rohan
Dr Sal Rohan is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies. Since joining the new UK Joint Staff College in 1997, she has been instrumental in the development of Joint Military Education. Having served as Deputy Dean and Deputy Head of the Defence Studies Department, she also has wide experience in senior course management, as Academic Director of the postgraduate joint and international Advanced Command and Staff Course and of the Intermediate Command and Staff course Land. Her responsibilities have included the translation of military objectives into educational outcomes through curriculum design, course development and support, and the negotiation of multi-stakeholder buy-in. She has had responsibility for Quality Assurance of all Departmental teaching and assessment and is currently engaged in the development of a new Masters Programme for the British Army.
A specialist in European security, (The Western European Union. International Politics Between alliance and Integration, Routledge, 2014), she has served as faculty member of the European Union’s European Security and Defence College, and is an academician at the Central European Academy of Science and Art.
Sal’s current research on service, national and international Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE) has taken her as far a-field as South America and the Balkans, where she has had unprecedented access to military establishments. She has contributed to the work of the UK Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre as a member of the Tri-Service Military Ethics Working Group, conducting a review of the current Moral Leadership training gap and developing an ethics education and training curriculum. She has also worked with the UK single services on their provision of through-career ethics education, alongside chaplains, military trainers, recruiters and personnel planners. Her work on the Professional Military Ethic as a vehicle for Military Ethical Education is due for publication imminently (Ashgate), and she is co-author (with David Whetham) of a commissioned manuscript on comparative professional military ethics education (Manchester University Press), to be published in 2017. She is also an active member of the European International Society for Military Ethics.
Dr Andrea Ellner
Dr Andrea Ellner is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar who holds a PhD in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, and MA History, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Her current research and specialist teaching focus on historical and contemporary dimensions of civil-military and military-society relations in Europe and the US, particularly gender integration in Western armed forces, ethics of war and military organisations, social discourses on war and warriors, gender and armed conflict.
She has served on the Committee of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2005/6), was a visiting lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2005) and a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1994-5).
Publications include ‘The Ethics of Inclusion: Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Assault in the Australian, British, Canadian and US Armed Forces,’ in George Lucas (ed.), Handbook of Military Ethics. (Routledge: forthcoming 2015) and "War Resisters in the US and Britain – Supporting the Case for a Right to Selective Conscientious Objection?" in Andrea Ellner, Paul Robinson and David Whetham (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
Dr Ellner is a member of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (EURO-ISME), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London, and the British Pugwash Society.
Dr Deane-Peter Baker
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra (at the Australian Defence Force Academy) in August 2012, where he is also a researcher in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.
He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve where he was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leadership team of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armoured cavalry regiment.
A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina, the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College and Kings College London. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA joined the British Army in 2001. Through fourteen years' service he has operated from the tactical to the strategic. He took part in the 2003 Iraq invasion as a tank commander, and has worked in both the EU Military HQ in Brussels and within highly-sensitive MOD departments. In 2011 he attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, where he gained an MA in Strategy and Policy and was awarded the Governor General's Prize as the best student.
In recent years he has specialised in the NATO operation in Afghanistan, planning and coordinated high-tempo strike operations throughout the country. In 2013 he commanded the Reconnaissance Force for the UK's 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats), where he led 50 air-mobile missions. For this he was awarded the UK's Distinguished Service Order. Maj McDermott has most recently been employed as an Instructor at the Defence Academy of the UK, specialising in leadership and land warfare. In October 2015 he transferred to the Australian Army.
Dr Emma Cunliffe
Research Fellow 2016
Dr Cunliffe's research interests focus on the types of damage sustained by archaeological sites in the Middle East in peace and war, and developing ways of identifying and recording the threats using satellite imagery and social media. This work has primarily focused on Syria and Iraq. As a part of this, she is also interested in civil-military relations before, during, and after conflict. Dr Cunliffe joins the Centre for Military Ethics in order to produce a Blue Shield/Cultural Heritage Property Protection online module.
Post Doctoral Researcher
Mo Metwally is a post-doctoral researcher with the King’s Centre for military ethics, supporting the research for health in conflict project. He is a fellow of SYLFF foundation (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund). He has held fellowships in Jaen University, Castilla de la Mancha, and Deusto in Spain. He has also been a visiting researcher in the department of forensic medicine in the University of Palermo to study the impact of ethical leadership on the efficiency and reliability of forensic operations, and in the Institute of Statistics of Cairo University. His current research activities lie in the field of military and military medical ethics during conflict and post-conflict.
Whitney Grespin has worked in contingency contracting, educational programming, and international development on five continents. Whitney is a PhD candidate at King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department and held a three-year Graduate Teaching Assistant studentship at the UK Defence Academy’s Joint Services Command and Staff College, where she delivered officer training to the British Army and Royal Air Force. Her academic work focuses on the USG use of contractors to deliver foreign military training and is based on her professional experiences in Afghanistan and five sub-Saharan countries.
Whitney also currently works as a contracted Peace Operations Analyst for the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and adjunct instructor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2018
Isabella Gardner is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where she is working with Dr Whetham to expand the tools available for teaching and discussing military ethics. She has recently completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at King’s College London where she specialised in the Middle East and ethical issues surrounding the reporting of conflict as a journalist. Isabella will be starting at the Home Office in September to work on refugee integration policy.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2017
Suji Sohn was the 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where she worked with Dr David Whetham on developing curriculum content. Currently Suji is a third year Undergraduate in War Studies, with work experience ranging from military defence through to consultancy. She is interested in the financial world and looking to develop into a recognised investment analyst having completed her investment management certification in 2017.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016
Hayley Stoate is a second year Undergraduate Political Economy student at King's College London. With a view to pursue diplomacy, she aspires to attain a well-rounded understanding of international relations: from private, security, and public perspectives. After working in a tech start-up TitanFile last year, Hayley is currently working as a research fellow for Dr. David Whetham in the field of Military Ethics before she goes on to intern in Parliament later this summer. Looking forward, Hayley hopes to pursue a law conversion immediately following her degree.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016
William Reynolds is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where he is working on a project highlighting ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings, with an aim to expanding the tools into the joint environment. He is currently entering the second year of his Undergraduate degree in War Studies at Kings College London with a focus on post 1792 historical warfare up to contemporary issues.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2015
Gwilym Williams is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, where he is working with Dr David Whetham on a project to highlight ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree in History at King’s, where he largely focused on military and political issues, writing his final-year dissertation on the politics of the despatch of Spitfires from Britain to Australia during the Second World War. He hopes to begin the MA War Studies programme at King’s in September, and to pursue a career relating to the armed forces and British defence policy.