Ruth Lawlor

Postdoctoral Associate


I am a historian of American foreign relations with a focus on war, gender, and labour. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cornell History Department and from July 2023 will be Assistant Professor in the History of the United States in the World. I was previously a visiting fellow at Yale and Boston University, and have spent the past number of years teaching American and European History at the University of Cambridge, where I also received my PhD in U.S. History. My first book is about the U.S. military and sexual violence in World War II and will be published by Oxford University Press in 2025. I am currently writing about the militarisation of Alaska while also editing, with Andrew Buchanan (Vermont), a new collection on the global history of World War II.