Ryan M. Irwin Ryan Irwin

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.A., Ohio State University
B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo

060N Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5379
Fax: (518) 442-5301

Current Research Interests:

My scholarship explores the historical relationship between globalization and decolonization.  I write specifically about the changing mechanics and shifting perceptions of American global power, but my interests cover comparative imperialism, international institutions, non-state activism, and technological development.  My first book, Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order, investigated the way small, non-European nation-states altered the international system at the height of the Cold War.  I'm working now on an intellectual history of the mid-1970s, as well as a political history about the growth and transformation of the nation-state during the mid-twentieth century.  I'm happy to advise students on most aspects of American foreign relations history, broadly defined.

Most Recent Publication:

Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order (Oxford University Press, September 2012)

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Faculty with Potential Overlap Interests:

Mitch Aso
Allen Ballard
Carl Bon Tempo
Richard Fogarty
Monica Kim
H. Peter Krosby
Kendra Smith-Howard
Barry Trachtenberg