Ryan M. Irwin

Assistant Professor
Department of History

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


Research areas: United Stated and the World history, with an emphasis on African and Asian decolonization; International history in the 20th century; political history; social movements

Professor Irwin is the author of Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order (Oxford, 2012). Currently, he is writing Castle of Sand: Liberal Order and Its Afterlives, drafting a short volume on decolonization, and finishing an edited volume, titled American Empire. His essays have been published in a variety of journals and periodicals, including Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic History, International History Review, History Compass, Passport, and Kronos, and he’s won several writing awards, including the Stuart L. Bernath Prize in 2009. He was previously a fellow at Yale University and the associate director of International Security Studies.