About James Skelly

James Skelly is Visiting Professor of Peace Studies at Magee College, University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland; Senior Fellow at the Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies at Juniata College; and, Coordinator for Peace & Justice Programming for BCA.

Previously he was Associate Director of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation; NYU’s Center for War, Peace and the News Media; and Academic Coordinator of the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria.

He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, and an MA and PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

His research and teaching interests are rooted in the sociology of knowledge and focus on reality construction related to issues of peace and conflict, including a focus on the moral and political dilemmas of soldiers, which arises from his refusal to serve as a military officer in Vietnam – a subsequent lawsuit against the United States Secretary of Defense helped to redefine the criteria for in-service conscientious objection.

He has written and edited numerous articles informed by these research interests including a recent special edition of Peace Review on war and the dilemmas of soldiers, and articles focused on the political and moral dilemmas that confront soldiers in the Iraq war that have been published in openDemocracy.net