Ryan Griffiths

Associate Professor, Political Science

Ryan Griffiths

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331 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4032


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2010 


International Relations and Comparative Politics

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Ryan Griffiths focuses on the dynamics of secession and the study of sovereignty, state systems, and international orders. In his work on secession, Griffiths emphasizes the international and domestic causes of secessionist conflict over time. These causes are articulated in his book Age of Secession: The International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Griffiths also investigates the organization of the international system, especially as it relates to national sovereignty and different types of political order. Previously, he taught at both the University of Sydney in Australia and at John Hopkins University. He also served as a visiting assistant professor at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies and as a visiting fellow at Yale University’s Macmillan Center. He earned a PhD in international relations and comparative politics at Columbia University in 2010.