Pauline Shanks Kaurin

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Hauge Administration Building - Room 220-G
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  • Professional
  • Biography
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University, 1997
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Manitoba, 1993
  • B.A., Philosophy and International Relations, Concordia College, 1991

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Military Ethics
  • Philosophy of War
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume
  • Philosophy of 19th century German philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche


IHON 257: The Experience of War, Fall 2016


  • The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare - Achilles Goes Asymmetrical, (Ashgate, 2014) : View Book


  • Kelmer Roe Research Fellowship (with Peter Joyce) 2013-14
  • Regency Advancement Award, 2010-11
  • Kelmer Roe Research Fellowship (with Calvin Moore) 2007-8
  • PLU Women’s History Month Committee , “Inspirational Woman” Award, March 2007
  • PLU Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Teaching Award, May 2004
  • “Nurturing Teacher Award – Adult Education” Partners for Nurture, February 8, 2004

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia and is a specialist in military ethics, just war theory, social and political philosophy and applied ethics. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and teaches courses in military ethics, warfare, business ethics and history of philosophy. Recent publications include: When Less is not More: Expanding the Combatant/Non-Combatant Distinction; With Fear and Trembling: A Qualified Defense of Non-Lethal Weapons and Achilles Goes Asymmetrical: The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare (Ashgate, 2014)


  • War
  • History and Politics

Fun Facts

  • Foodie
  • Mother of two
  • Montana native and gardener