Ryan M. 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.  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.

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Faculty with Potential Overlap Interests:

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