Ryan M. Powers

Assistant Professor of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the 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 received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2017.

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 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 in International Organization, Security Studies, and World Development. I have also published a number of pieces in Foreign Policy and on the The Monkey Cage.

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

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



Refereed Articles

Edited Volume

  • The Theory–Practice Divide in International Relations, co-edited with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney. Accepted for publication 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.

Research in Progress

  • “Great Expectations: The Democratic Advantage in Trade Attitudes,” with Jon Pevehouse and Freddy Chen (under review)
  • “Epistemic Communities and Public Support for Climate Cooperation,” with Dan Maliniak and Eric Parajon (under review)
  • “International Status Concerns and Domestic Support for Political Leaders” with Jonathan Renshon (under review)
  • “Economic Anxiety and Trade Policy Preferences”
  • “Public Opinion, International Commitments, and the Supply-side of Trade Protection”
  • “The Unipolar Fallacy: Common Agency, American Interests, and the International Financial Institutions,” with Mark Copelovitch, Daniel Nielson, and Michael J. Tierney


University of Georgia

  • INTL 4230: International Political Economy, Spring 2019.
  • INTL 3200: Introduction to International Relations, Fall 2018 and Fall 2019.
  • INTL 6200: Preseminar in International Relations, Fall 2018 and Fall 2019.

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.