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Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

Research Professor, IBEI

Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex


Martin Shaw is a historical sociologist who has written widely on global politics, war and genocide, held posts in sociology and International Relations in several British universities, and published a large number of sole-authored and edited books as well as journal articles. Recently he has been working on racism, Brexit and British politics.

Background and education

  • (1993) PhD (Sociology of International Relations and War), University of Hull
  • (1968) BA Hons. (Sociology), London School of Economics and Political Science


  • 2022Lifetime Award. Link
  • 2013Best Article in the European Journal of International Relations. Link


Research interests

  • Historical Sociology
  • Global politics
  • Armed Conflicts
  • War
  • Genocide
  • Racism

Research projects

  • Conceptual History, Concept Formation and the ‘Problems of Genocide’
    Class and ‘Political Genocide’

Selected publications

  • Shaw, Martin.2022.Political Racism: Brexit and Its Aftermath.Newcastle upon Tyne:Agenda Publishing.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2020.Racial self-interest, Max Weber and the production of racism: the strategy and propaganda of Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum.Patterns of Prejudice,54(4):347-365Link
  • Goldberg, Amos; Kehoe, Thomas J.; Moses, A. Dirk; Segal, Raz; Shaw, Martin; Wolf, Gerhard

    2016.Israel Charny’s attack on the Journal of Genocide Research and its authors: a response.Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal,10 (2):3-22LinkLogo open access
  • Shaw, Martin.2015.What is Genocide? (Second edition).Cambridge:Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2013.Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transition of the Late Modern World.New York:Cambridge University Press.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2005.The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq.Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2003.War and Genocide: Organised Killing in Modern Society.Oxford:Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2000.Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution.Cambridge Studies in International Relations,73Link
  • Shaw, Martin.1996.Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence.London:Pinter Publishers.
  • Shaw, Martin.1994.Global Society and International Relations: Sociological Concepts and Political Perspectives.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.1991.Post-Military Society: Militarism, Demilitarisation and War and the End of the Twentieth Century.Philadelphia:Temple University Press.
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