Dr. Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Youngstown State University
Early in my graduate training, I became fascinated with issues of morality and political violence. Consequently, most of my research and publications have addressed issues of nuclear deterrence, terrorism, assassination, conditions of surrender at the tactical level, religion and violence, and the moral status of civilians. Recently, I have become interested in issues of patriotism, nationalism, and justice.
I have authored, edited, or co-edited four books, including the Encyclopedia of Religion and War (Routledge, 2004). My articles have appeared in The Thomist, Journal of Social Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly (see, for example, the article “Terrorism, Innocence, Justice").
As Director of the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center I sponsor programs and frequently lecture in our region. I am very active in local and state-wide politics, and have served on various boards of directors, including Planned Parenthood of Mahoning Valley and ACLU of Ohio.
In addition to my academic work, I practice daily on the classical guitar. I own a Greg Byers guitar that is capable of a warmth and sweetness so regal that have earned her the name Malika (Arabic for Queen). Several hand injuries and surgery, however, have forced me to put Malika down (temporarily, I hope). I am working on a biographical study of the great Cuban-born classical guitarist, Manuel Barrueco.