Political Science and Criminal Justice

Adam Irish, PhD

International Relations Coordinator

Professor Adam Irish is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (M.A. & Ph.D.). Between degrees he served in Teach For America at Title I school in Las Vegas, Nevada teaching 5th grade for two years.

Personal Website and Blog – https://adamirish.com/index.html

While completing his doctorate, Professor Irish earned several teaching accolades, culminating in the 2011 Campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Prior to arriving in Chico, he spent two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Wheaton College (MA) and one year at Georgetown University teaching advanced courses in international law.

Professor Irish’s research focuses on the obstacles countries face when trying to cooperate - specifically how democracy and party politics affect the creation and use of international law and international organizations. Professor Irish also conducts pedagogical research, often co-authoring with graduate students.

In 2016, Professor Irish took over as the faculty adviser to the Upsilon Delta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Between 2016-2020, Upsilon Delta was recognized each year as one of the 16 "Best Chapters" out of over 600 chapters nationwide. In 2019, Chico State awarded Upsilon Delta the Outstanding Student Organization Award. In 2020 Upsilon Delta received the Event of the Year Award and Professor Irish was honored with the Myles Tracy Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award. To date, the Upsilon Delta chapter has sent dozens of students to present at local, regional, and national conferences.

Pi Sigma Alpha - https://chicostatepisigmaalpha.com/index.html

Outside of his research and teaching, Professor Irish is a die-hard fan of D&D and other TTRPGs. He DMs two weekly home games in addition to one-shot and short-arc games in the Chico gaming community. Professor Irish also runs the Mad Mage Crafting YouTube Channel which focuses on building epic RPG experiences.

Mad Mage Crafting – https://madmagecrafting.com/index.html

Lastly, every fall Professor Irish participates in an obnoxiously competitive fantasy football league. In 2021 he took over as the league commissioner. After 10 years in the league, Commissioner Irish won the league championship in the 2021 season. All past and ongoing allegations of game fixing, corruption, and collusion against Commissioner Irish remain unsubstantiated. Commissioner Irish strenuously denies any accusations of skullduggery around his 2021 championship win during which Tom Brady was his starting QB.

 A League of Their Own...Wait – https://aleagueoftheirownwait.com/index.html/

Portrait of Adam Irish, PhD