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Jessica Wolfendale

Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University

Jessica Wolfendale is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. She is the author of War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame (with Matthew Talbert, Oxford University Press, 2019), Torture and the Military Profession (2007), co-editor of New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World (2011), and has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics including security, torture, terrorism, bioethics, and military ethics. Her work has appeared in journals including Ethics and International Affairs, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Res Philosophica, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, American Journal of Bioethics, and the Journal of Military Ethics. She is currently working on a book looking at the intersection between theoretical arguments for torture and the institutionalization of torture in the real world.

In addition to her work on political violence, she has a long-standing interest in fashion as it expresses values, sexuality, and identity. She is co-editor of Fashion: Philosophy for Everyone (Wiley-Blackwell 2011), and her article “Provocative Dress and Sexual Responsibility,” was published in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law in 2016.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, Marquette University
  • 2013–2018
    Associate Professor, West Virginia University


  • 2005 
    Monash University, PhD in Philosophy