Julia F. Irwin
Julia F. Irwin is an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on the place of humanitarian aid in twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations. Her first book, Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening (2013), is a history of U.S. international relief efforts during the World War I era; the dissertation on which it is based won the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She is now writing a second book, "Catastrophic Diplomacy: A History of U.S. Responses to Global Natural Disasters." This book will analyze how U.S. State Department agencies, branches of the U.S. military, American charities and relief organizations, and the American public have responded to foreign disasters caused by tropical storms, earthquakes, floods, and other natural hazards throughout the twentieth century. Her work has also appeared in The Journal of American History, Diplomatic History, First World War Studies, The Bulletin of the History of Medicine, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, History of Education Quarterly, and Nursing History Review.
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- A Great Humanitarian Adventure: The American Red Cross and U.S. Foreign Aid during the First World War Era
- Confronting Catastrophe: International Disaster Assistance and Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Relations