Jeff McMahan is White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. McMahan previously was professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. Prior to coming to Rutgers he was a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge University, and then taught at the University of Illinois. His principal interests are in medical ethics and international ethics.

He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford University Press 2002) and is presently working on a sequel provisionally called The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment, also to published by Oxford.   His work on these companion volumes has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has published papers on the ethics of cloning, abortion and prenatal injury, infanticide, the ethics of prenatal screening for disability, stem cell research, the distinction between killing and letting die, and brain death.

Last Updated: July 9, 2017

  • The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).
  • The Morality of Nationalism (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). Coedited with Robert McKim.
  • Ethical Aspects of the Nuclear Debate (Milton Keynes, England: The Open University Press, 1986).
  • Reagan and the World: Imperial Policy in the New Cold War (London: Pluto Press, 1984). Revised, updated, and expanded edition, New York: Monthly Review Press, 1985.
  •  British Nuclear Weapons: For and Against (London: Junction Books, 1981). Preface by Bernard Williams.