Ryan M. Powers

Assistant Professor of International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia


Photo of Ryan PowersI am an assistant professor in the Department International Affairs at University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs.

I am also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security and a Lilly Teaching Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Prior to starting at University of Georgia, I was a Post-doctoral Associate with the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2017.

I specialize in international relations and comparative politics. My research interests include public opinion on trade and other aspects of globalization, international trade agreements, foreign aid, and international organizations.

My research is published or forthcoming in International Organization, Political Research Quarterly, Security Studies, and World Development. I have also published a number of pieces in Foreign Policy and on the Monkey Cage.

I have received outside support for my research from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Stanton Foundation.

I am affiliated with the Global Research Institute at William & Mary as a Principal Investigator on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) Project.



Refereed Articles

Edited Volume

Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations book cover
  • Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, Ryan Powers, and Michael J. Tierney, editors. Published in Spring 2020 by Georgetown University Press.
    • Contributors: Paul Avey, Dmitri Demekas, Mike Desch, Scott Edwards, Peter Feaver, Mike Findley, Jessica Green, Thomas Hale, John R. Harvey, Sarah Kreps, Marc Levy, Ed Mansfield, Sarah Mendelson, Amanda Murdie, Tom Pepinsky, Jon Pevehouse, Steven Radelet, Christina Schneider, David Steinberg, Jessica Weeks, Joseph Young, and Robert Zoellick.
    • Subject of a virtual book launch hosted by Bridging the Gap Project in October 2020.

Research Under Review

  • “Great Expectations: The Democratic Advantage in Trade Attitudes” (with Jon Pevehouse and Freddy Chen).
  • “Trade Politics in the Checkout Lane: Ethnocentrism and Consumer Preferences” (with Alexa Bankert and Geoff Sheagley).

Research in Progress

  • “Audience Reactions to Non-Compliance in Political and Economic Context.“
  • “Public Opinion, International Commitments, and the Supply-side of Trade Protection.”
  • “Economic Anxiety and Trade Policy Preferences”
  • “Expert Endorsements, Partisan Cues, and Public Support for International Cooperation” (with Daniel Maliniak, Eric Parajon, and Susan Peterson).
  • “The Discursive Origins of Reputations” (with Jonathan Renshon).
  • “Closing the Recognition Gap: How Knowledge of Gender Gaps Affect Citation Behavior” (with Emily Jackson, Daniel Maliniak, Eric Parajon, Susan Peterson, and Michael Tierney).
  • “The Unipolar Fallacy: Common Agency, American Interests, and the International Financial Institutions” (with Mark Copelovitch, Daniel Nielson, and Michael J. Tierney).



University of Georgia

Yale University

University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • Lecturer, PS 359: Problems in American Foreign Policy, Summer 2016 and Summer 2017.
  • Teaching Assistant for Professor Andrew Kydd, PS 377: Nuclear Weapons and World Politics, Spring 2017.
  • Teaching Assistant for Mark Copelovitch, PS 371: International Political Economy, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, and Summer 2015.