Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Joe Ryan-Hume

Affiliated staff member

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Dr Joe Ryan-Hume is a senior researcher at the Scottish Parliament and a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow at Harvard University. He also recently held the Royal Society of Edinburgh-Fulbright fellowship at Boston University and worked in the US Congress as a Lantos congressional fellow. Joe completed his doctorate in US Political History at the University of Glasgow in 2017, and holds an MLitt in American Studies and an MA in History from the same institution.

Research Interests

Joe's scholarship explores the relationship between political ideologies and institutions in the twentieth-century United States, focusing principally on the intersections of race, gender and post-war liberalism. His doctoral thesis, ‘Standing in Reagan’s Shadow: Liberal Strategies in the 1980s’, challenged the assumption that politics in the United States moved inexorably to the right during Ronald Reagan’s administration by developing a fresh analysis of liberal grassroots organising during the 1980s. He am currently in the process of adapting this project into a book.


Articles and Chapters

‘The National Organization for Women and the Democratic Party in Reagan’s America’, The Historical Journal, (2021), 64:2, 454-476

‘The 1986 Midterms: The End of the Reagan Revolution?’ in Midterms and Mandates: Electoral Reassessments of Presidents and Parties, edited by Patrick Andelic, Mark McLay, and Robert Mason. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2022.

Book Reviews

‘Presidential Libraries and Museums’, Library & Information History, (2018) 34:4, 238-239