Colm McKeogh

Undergraduate Student Adviser (Political Science, Public Policy), Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: MSc(Econ) Aberystwyth, BA(Mod), PhD Dublin

School of Social Sciences


About Colm

Colm McKeogh has a PhD in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, and an M.Sc. (Econ.) in strategic studies from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. He has been teaching philosophers and religions to students of politics at the University of Waikato for twenty years. His research in the area of 'just war' and pacifism looks at the application of fundamental moral and political values to the issue of the use of force and also at the source and standing of the values themselves. So far, he has studied the attitudes to political violence of the Christian thinkers Hugo Grotius, Leo Tolstoy and Reinhold Niebuhr.


Christian attitudes; political violence.

Research Interests

Moral and religious attitudes to state authority and political violence including Christian pacifism and Christian 'just war' thought, Taoism, Confucianism, Sino-theology.

Current Research Project:

  • Christianity and Political Violence: a coursebook in the history of ideas.

This will be the prescribed text for POLS300-NET War and Religion. The work examines the theories on political violence of great thinkers in the Christian tradition, including St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Hugo Grotius, Leo Tolstoy, Reinhold Niebuhr and John Yoder.

Featured Publications

Recent Publications

  • McKeogh, C. (2009). Tolstoy's Pacifism. New York: Cambria Press.

  • Mckeogh, C. T. (2002). Innocent civilians: the morality of killing in war (1 ed.). Basingstoke, Hampshire: palgrave.

  • Mckeogh, C. (1997). The political realism of Reinhold Niebuhr: a pragmatic approach to just war. London: Macmillan.

  • McKeogh, C. T. (1997). The Political Realism of Reinhold Niebuhr. New York, USA: St Martin's Press Inc..

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Contact Details

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McKeogh, Dr Colm 9320 cmckeogh J.2.23A Political Science & Public Policy