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Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard is a Lecturer in International Politics. Prior to joining King’s in 2020, Dr Leader Maynard was based at the University of Oxford, where he served as the Rank-Manning Junior Research Fellow in Social Science (2013-2015), and then Departmental Lecturer in International Relations (2015-2020). He remains a Research Associate of the Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict while at King's College London.

Research interests

Dr Leader Maynard’s research spans both political science and political theory, and is focused on the role of ideology in political violence and armed conflict, particularly in forms of violence against civilians such as genocide, state terror, wartime atrocities and systematic human rights abuses. He also has secondary research interests in the broader role of ideology in contemporary politics, the ethics of political violence, and methodological debates within political theory and qualitative political science.

Dr Leader Maynard’s work has been published in an interdisciplinary range of journals, including Ethics, the Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, the British Journal of Political Science and Genocide Studies and Prevention.


  • World politics since 1945

PhD supervision

Dr Leader Maynard is generally not taking on new doctoral students at this time, but will consider proposals focusing specifically on the role of ideology, identity or religion in forms of political violence and armed conflict.

Recent publications

  • Ideology and armed conflict, Journal of Peace Research 56/5 (2019): 635-649
  • Is There a Distinctively Political Normativity?, Ethics 128/4 (2018): 756-787 [co-authored with with Alex Worsnip]
  • Convergence and Divergence in the Study of Ideology: A Critical Review, British Journal of Political Science 48/2 (2018): 563-589 [co-authored with Matto Mildenberger]
  • Dangerous Speech and Dangerous Ideology: An Integrated Model for Monitoring and Prevention, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 9/3 (2016) [co-authored with Susan Benesch]
  • Preventing Mass Atrocities: Ideological Strategies and Interventions, Politics and Governance 3/3 (2015)
  • Identity and Ideology in Political Violence and Conflict, St Anthony’s International Review 10/2 (2015): 18-52
  • Rethinking the Role of Ideology in Mass Atrocities, Terrorism and Political Violence 26/5 (2014): 821-841
  • A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems, Journal of Social and Political Psychology 1/1 (2013): 337-363 [co-authored with Thomas Homer-Dixon, Matto Mildenberger, Manjana Milkoreit, Steven J. Mock, Stephen Quilley, Tobias Schröder and Paul Thagard]
  • A Map of the Field of Ideological Analysis, Journal of Political Ideologies 18/3 (2013): 299-327