Shannon French



Shannon French is the Inamori Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) where she teaches for the department of Philosophy and the School of Law and the CGSC Foundation’s General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Visiting Chair of Ethics. Prior to coming to CWRU in 2008, she taught military ethics for 11 years at the U.S. Naval Academy in the division of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. At CWRU she is the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Her primary field is military ethics, with special focus on conduct of war issues, ethical leadership, command climate, warrior transitions, ethical responses to terrorism, the future of warfare, and military applications of emerging technology. Other research interests include business, corporate, and organizational ethics, meta-ethics, moral psychology, neuroethics, and ethics and technology (including AI ethics).

She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Ethical Leadership, associate editor for the Journal of MilitaryEthics, an editorial board member for the Journal of Character and Leadership Integration and the Texas National Security Review and an active member of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics. Her publications include The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present, now in its second edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), edited volumes on military ethics, and many book chapters and scholarly articles, with recent titles ranging from “Artificial Intelligence in Military Decision-Making: Avoiding Ethical and Strategic Perils with an Option-Generator Model” to “Neuroethics, Dehumanization, and the Prevention of Moral Injury” to “Military Neuro-Interventions: Solving the Right Problems for Ethical Outcomes” to “Strategic Dissent in the Military.”

She has presented her work at prestigious military and civilian academic events all around the globe and in 2019 was a distinguished speaker at the British government’s official commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions.

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