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Professor Joe Maiolo is an historian of international politics specialising in the origins of great wars, arms races and intelligence in the twentieth century. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Toronto in history and philosophy.

He completed his PhD in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1996. Before coming to King’s in September 2001, he held appointments at the universities of Leicester and Leeds.

In 2005-06 he was senior visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Oslo, and from 2014-19 he was Visiting Research Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School, Oslo. He is the editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies, and a member of the editorial board for Intelligence & National Security, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

 Research Interests

  • The history of 20th Century International Relations
  • The Second World War
  • Resource Security & Conflicts
  • Intelligence History
  • Arms Races
  • Diplomacy
  • War in Science Fiction/Military Futurology

Professor Maiolo is currently completing a book for Cambridge University Press on The Origins of the Second World War and a study of the role of raw material in international politics in the first half of the twentieth century. He is also currently working on a new about raw materials in international politics in the twentieth century in cooperation with NTNU Trondheim.