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Joseph O'Mahoney

Joseph O Mahoney
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Module Convenor for PIM85 Qualitative Methods for International Relations
  • Module Convenor for PO2MIR Modern International Relations
  • Module Convener for PO3NUK Politics of Nuclear Weapons



Room 290

Building location

Edith Morley

Areas of interest

My research primarily examines questions of how norms and rules about war, the use of force, and nuclear weapons, affect state behaviour and how they change, persist and are manipulated. I have a particular interest in how the international community reacts to norm violations.

Along with a co-author, I also engaged in another ongoing project on the role of colonial heritage in the criminalisation of homosexuality.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising projects on international norm dynamics.

Research centres and groups

Member of the Monroe Group: an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Reading focused on the study of US politics.


Previously I was a Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at MIT's Security Studies Programme, and I have taught at Seton Hall University, Brown University and George Washington University.

Academic qualifications

PhD, George Washington University

Awards and honours

My work has been funded by the Stanton Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Loughran Foundation.

Selected publications

Blog posts and newspaper articles






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