Ryan M. Irwin
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. Although I write specifically about the changing mechanics and shifting perceptions of American global power, my interests cover comparative imperialism, international institutions, nonstate 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)
“Decolonization and the Cold War,” for The Cold War: An International History, ed. Artemy Kalinovsky and Craig A. Daigle (Routledge, expected 2012).
“Imaging Nation, State, and Order in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” for a special volume of Kronos: Journal of Cape History 37 (April 2012), 87-97.
Full Curriculum Vitae
Faculty with Potential Overlap Interests:
Carl Bon Tempo
H. Peter Krosby