James Turner Johnson

James Turner Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Associate of the Graduate Program in Political Science at Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey, where he has been on the faculty since 1969. His research and teaching have focused principally on the historical development and application of the Western and Islamic moral traditions related to war, peace, and the practice of statecraft. Johnson has received Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and various other research grants and has directed two NEH summer seminars for college teachers. His most recent books include Ethics and the Use of Force: Just War in Historical Perspective (2011), The War to Oust Saddam Hussein (2005), Morality and Contemporary Warfare (1999), The Holy War Idea in Western and Islamic Tradition (1997), and (edited with John Kelsay) Just War and Jihad: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on War and Peace in Western and Islamic Traditions (1991) and Cross, Crescent, and Sword: The Justification and Limitation of War in Western and Islamic Tradition (1990). He is currently completing a book with the working title “The Idea of Sovereignty in Moral and Historical Perspective.”