“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 a postdoctoral research fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Prior to that, I was a resident research fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy. 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. I also run a podcast called Homo Furens: A Podcast About War & Society with my colleague Bob Underwood.

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...