Dr Helen Dexter

Associate Professor of International Politics

School/Department: School of History Politics and International Relations



I joined the University of Leicester in 2011. I am an Associate Professor of International Politics in the School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR). Before joining the University of Leicester I was a Lecturer in International Relations at The University of Manchester, Teaching Fellow in International Politics at Keele University, and Lecturer in Security Studies at the University of Salford. 

I am passionate about education which prioritises equality inclusion and compassion. I facilitate Sanctuary Scholarships for HyPIR's distance learning programme which are open to anyone who has been forcibly displaced from their home. For more information see


I am on the Editorial Board of the new Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence.


My research addresses the relationship between ethics and violence/nonviolence. In particular I am interested in how ethics are reproduced through the categorising of violence. My current work explores the relationship between feminism, cosmopolitanism, and pacifism as well as the place (or absence) of pacifism in International Relations.


(2019) 'Pacifism and the problem of protecting others' International Politics 56, pp. 243-258. 
(2018) 'Peace and Violence' in Paul D. Rogers and Matt McDonald (eds) Security Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge.)
(2017) with Mark Phythian and David Strachan-Morris 'The What, Why, Who and How of Teaching Intelligence: the Leicester Approach' Intelligence and National Security, pp.1-15. 
(2016) 'I ain't got no problem with the Vietcong: War, ethics and the individual', in Jonna Nyman and Anthony Burke, Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda, London: Routledge. 
(2015) co-authored with Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet, 'Teaching (Something About) Terrorism: Ethical and Methodological Problems, Pedagogical Suggestions'. International Studies Perspectives, vol.15, Issue 4, pp374-393.
(2014) co-authored with Richard Jackson, 'The Social Construction of Organised Political Violence: An Analytical Framework' Civil Wars Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 1-23
(2013) co-edited with David Miller, Jesse Blackbourn and Rani Dhanda, Critical Terrorism Studies Since 11 September 2001: what has been learned? London, New York: Routledge.
(2012) 'Terrorism and Violence: another violence is possible?' Critical Studies on Terrorism Vol.5 No.1 April, pp. 119-135.

(2008) 'The 'New War' on Terror, Cosmopolitanism and the Just War Revival' Government and Opposition Winter 2008 Volume 43, Issue 1, pp. 55-78.

(2007) 'New War, Good War and the War on Terror: Explaining, Excusing and Creating Western Neo-interventionism'  Development and Change November 2007, Volume 38, Issues 6, pp. 1055-1071. 



Theories of violence and nonviolence

Peace and pacifism

Nonviolent action/civil resistance


Feminist theories of peace and violence


I teach modules in International Relations relating to violence, security studies and feminism including PL2021 Sex and Gender in Global Politics; PL2018 International Security Studies; PL7530 The Politics of Conflict and Violence; PL7531 Gender in Global Perspective.

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