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Marc LiVecche

McDonald Visiting Scholar

Dr Marc LiVecche, McDonald Visiting Scholar, is the executive editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy, a magazine that intersects the Christian intellectual tradition with statecraft, diplomacy, military ethics, political theory, and related topics. He is also Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion & Democracy in Washington, DC and a research scholar at Philos Project, a New York City based education and advocacy enterprise committed to cultivating positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. 


Prior to these roles, he completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain. His dissertation, With Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War, applies a classic just war view of the question of killing in its theological and ethical dimensions as a response to the crisis of moral injury. It was conferred, with distinction, in the summer of 2015. 


Before all that, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which helped permanently inoculate him against pacifism.


His work at the McDonald Centre will include finalizing his dissertation, tentatively retitled The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, for publication. A second project, provisionally titled Moral Horror: A Christian Defense of the Bombing of Hiroshima, will argue for the moral coherence of the nuclear attack through a just war lens. 


When he is not defending his grim ethical preoccupations, Marc much prefers hiking, being outdoors, reading, watching films, eating good food, and playing board games--all best done in the company of his wife and two children.