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Heather M. Roff, Teaching Assistant Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Visiting Professor Heather Roff PerkinsEmail:

Phone: 303-871-2386

Office: 165 Sié Chéou-Kang Center
Ben M. Cherrington Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • BA, University of Arizona

Research and Expertise

International Ethics/Global Ethics; Law and Ethics of Emerging Military Technologies; Just War Theory; International Humanitarian Law; Kant's political and moral philosophy; Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine; ethics of lethal autonomous weapons; ethics of cyber warfare; Global justice and International Institutions; cosmopolitanism

Professional Profile

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Security Studies at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2012-2013)
  • Research Associate for Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the United States Air Force Academy (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2011-2012)
  • Instructor at United States Air Force Academy (2011)
  • Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder (2007-2010)

Recent Publications

Roff, H. (Forthcoming 2014). Provisional publicity: Kant's principle of publicity as a provisional duty.  In G.W. Brown, T. Baily and J. Cabot (Eds.). Kant, Cosmopolitics, and Publicity. Edinburgh University Press.

Roff, H. (2013).  Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect: A Provisional Duty. London: Routledge.

Roff, H. (2013). What ethical complexities do humanitarian actors face? In M. Acuto (Ed.). Negotiating relief: The dialectics of humanitarian space. London: Hurst & Co.

Roff, H. (2013). Killing in war: Responsibility, liability and lethal autonomous robots. In A. Henschke, N. Evans and F. Allhoff (Eds.). Routledge Handbook for Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.


  • INTS 4700 – American Foreign Policy
  • INTS 4703 – Classics in Security and Strategy
  • INTS 4709 – Emerging Military Technologies: Policy, Law and Ethics