Ryan Irwin writes about U.S. and the World history. His first book,Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order, explored how African independence altered the international system at the height of the Cold War. His current book,Vast External Realm: America and the Invention of the Free World, is a collective biography of Dean Acheson, Felix Frankfurter, Walter Lippmann, and Harold Laski, which probes some of the assumptions that underlay American world power. He's also researching a book about Daniel Patrick Moynihan and writing a series of essays about American exceptionalism.
Professor Irwin is interested in global governance and decolonization, as well as the relationship between nineteenth century political theory and twentieth century international politics, and he is happy to advise students on most aspects of American foreign relations history.