Ryan Irwin

Historian explores relationship between globalization and decolonization

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Ryan Irwin

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

American foreign relations; globalization; international organizations; decolonization

Campus phone: 442-5379
Campus email: [email protected]


Irwin's scholarship explores the historical relationship between globalization and decolonization. He examines the changing mechanics and shifting perceptions of American global power, including comparative imperialism, international institutions, non-state activism, and technological development.

Irwin's 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 oat the heigh of the Cold War. Irwin is currently working 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.