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Professor Joseph Maiolo

Biographical details

Joe Maiolo is Professor of International History and holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Toronto in history and philosophy. He completed his PhD in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics in July 1997. Before joining the Department of War Studies in September 2001, he held posts in the history of international relations at the London School of Economics (1997-98), Leicester (1998-99) and Leeds (1999-2001). He is an editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies, a member of the editorial board forIntelligence & National Security, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society

In 2005-06 he was senior visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Oslo.  In the Department of War Studies, he is the programme director of the MA in Intelligence and International Security.

He is also Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Science and Public Policy.

Research interests

  • 20th century international history
  • Naval history
  • intelligence studies

Research interests

Joe Maiolo’s research focuses on the role of diplomacy, strategy and intelligence in the outbreak of major wars. He has just completed a study of the relationship between the global arms race of the 1930s and the coming of the Second World War.
He has several new research/publication projects:

  • A joint project with Professor David Stevenson of the London School of Economics to organize an international conference on arms races and world politics to take place in the spring of 2013. The aim of this project is to produce a definitive volume on arms races that tests current theories about what causes them and their effects on international stability.
  • A book for Cambridge University Press on the origins of the Second World War. (2014)
  • He is editor of Volume Two of the Cambridge History of the Second World War

Editorial activity

Intelligence & National Security (Journal)

Maiolo, J. (Editorial board member)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

The Journal of Strategic Studies (Journal)

Maiolo, J. (Editor)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Participation in conference

Anglo-Japanese History Conference, London School of Economics

Maiolo, J. (Speaker)
Jul 2004 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

the Board of the Naval Records Society

Maiolo, J. (Member)
2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Publication peer-review

Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

Maiolo, J. (Editor)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Routledge and Palgrave (Journal)

Maiolo, J. (Editor)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Maiolo, J. (Editor)
2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

the Royal Historical Society

Maiolo, J. (Fellow)
2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

the Advisory Committee for National Archives Cabinet papers digitisation project

Maiolo, J. (Member)
2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Convenor, International History Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, University of London

Maiolo, J. (Member)
2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

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