“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield”

W.B. Yeats

Dr. Michael Robillard

Dr. Michael Robillard


Hi, I’m Michael Robillard. I’m currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies focusing on issues of technology and trust. Prior to being here at Notre Dame, I was a resident research fellow the Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics at Oxford focusing on counter terrorism ethics. And prior to that, I was at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. I received my Phd in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut in 2016. My research focuses on a variety of philosophical topics to include: collective responsibility and global terrorism, the ethics of military recruitment, autonomous weapons, soldier enhancement, war and its relationship to future generations, and veteran/civil dialogues. I am an Iraq War veteran, a West Point graduate, and a former Airborne Ranger.

Blog Posts


Welcome to my blog. Here you'll find a variety of ideas to include some of my looser and...

Published Work

No Such Thing as Killer Robots

To Cite: Robillard, M. (2017), No...

The Moral Exploitation of Soldiers

To Cite: Robillard, Michael and...