Joseph Leigh

Joseph Leigh

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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About me

Originally from Nottingham, I hold a BA (first-class) in History from the University of Oxford and a MRes (distinction) in International Relations from the London School of Economics. I am currently an Associate Editor at Millennium Journal of International Studies, and served as Managing Editor of the journal from 2017-2018, and Deputy Editor from 2016-2017.

I have taught international security at the LSE and currently work as an Associate Lecture at Goldsmiths University of London, where I teach international relations theory. My primary research agenda examines questions of international security through a theoretical lens informed by social theory and historical sociology, with a particular emphasis on power-political competition, imperialism and grand strategy.  Concurrently, my secondary research agenda examines the idea of 'modernity' within the development of international political theory during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Research topic

'The Emergence of Modern Power Politics: Capitalism, States and Strategy from the Age of Empire to the Cold War'.

My research is located at the intersection of international relations and historical sociology. My thesis historically tracks the emergence of modern conceptions of power politics and grand strategy from the late-nineteenth century age of empire to the advent of the Cold War. Drawing on original historical sources, this research project identifies and theorises the co-constitutive ties between capitalism, war and imperialism, which have shaped the discourse and practice of grand strategy, foreign policy and power-political competition in the United States and Europe.

Teaching experience

LSE, Goldsmiths — courses in International Security and International Relations Theory

Academic supervisor

Dr George Lawson


Expertise Details

power politics; strategy; war; capitalism; empire; history; historical sociology; modernity; international theory