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USF professor receives diplomatic history award

TAMPA, Fla. -- Biannually the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awards the Betty M. Unterberger prize to distinguished writers in the field of diplomatic history. Julia Irwin, an assistant professor of history at the University of South Florida, is this year’s recipient.

Irwin said she was honored to be recognized for her work. The society presents the award to the best dissertation about U.S. foreign relations.

Irwin was awarded for her dissertation, “Humanitarian Occupation: Foreign Relief and Assistance in the formation of American International Identities, 1898-1928,” which tells the history of the United States’ entrance into foreign relations and assistance.

“This is a period where the United States is becoming this major power for the first time,” Irwin said.

With the development and help of the American Red Cross, the U.S. was able to contribute to international responses on a grander scale, Irwin said.

“The U.S is entering a major foreign war [World War I] for the first time and then [the dissertation] traces the aftermath of that into the 1920s,” Irwin said. Irwin is currently in the process on expanding her dissertation into a book, which will discuss U.S. foreign aid post World War II.

Her book, “Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening” will be published by Oxford University Press.


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Author: Teddy Grant