New Faculty: Ruth Lawlor

Ruth Lawlor

Assistant Professor, History

Academic focus:

U.S. in the world, military and diplomatic history, international history, and the intertwined histories of race, gender, labor and empire

Current research project: 

My first book is a history of the U.S. Army’s management of sexual violence in Europe during World War II. I am currently working on a collaborative project on the Global Second World War and am writing a book about the militarization of Alaska in the long 20th century.

Previous positions:

  • Post-doctoral Associate, Department of History, Cornell University, 2022-2023
  • Lecturer, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2020-2021
  • Junior Research Fellow, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2019-2022
  • Joseph C. Fox International Fellow, Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, 2018-2019
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Boston University, 2017                                                     

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge, 2019
  • M.A., History, University College Cork, Ireland, 2015     
  • B.A., History and English, University College Cork, Ireland, 2014            

Last book read:

“Archangel” and “Natural History” by Andrea Barrett

In your own time/when not working:

I’ve been powerlifting for many years now, but love the outdoors, too, and enjoy rowing, kayaking, hiking and running. I like to travel and to read, and I go to the ballet when I can.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

War in American History

What most excites you about Cornell:

Cornell is famous for the teaching of American foreign relations history so it is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to join the department and contribute to this long-standing tradition.

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