Senior Lecturer in International Relations
School of IR profile
Pillars: peace and security; leadership and agency
Keywords: foreign policy; political psychology; decision-making; time; Brexit; role theory; leader personality; dissonance
Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, which he joined in 2011. Broadly he specialises in Foreign Policy Theory and Political Psychology, and his research interests include decision-making, dissonance, role theory, time, leader personalities, group dynamics, and coalition cabinets. He has substantive interests in British foreign policy and Brexit, US foreign policy, Scottish independence, and leadership in international organisations. Ryan has published on these topics in such journals as International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Journal of International Relations, Political Psychology, and Foreign Policy Analysis, among others. He is the co-editor of the book Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective (CQ Press). He has held previous position at Baker University (1999-2010) as well as The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, Switzerland (2002).