Political Science and Criminal Justice

Adam Irish, PhD

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 for two years in Teach For America, teaching at Title I school in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While completing his doctorate, Professor Irish earned several teaching accolades, including 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 treaties. Professor Irish also engages in pedagogical research, often co-authoring with graduate students.

In 2016 Professor Irish became the faculty adviser of Chico State’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honors society). That year the chapter earned distinction as one of the 16 “Best Chapters” out of 800+ chapters nationwide.

On weekends, Professor Irish can be found in his workshop, building tables, chairs, and beds as the sole craftsman and proprietor of Gorilla and Heron Woodworking.
Portrait of Adam Irish, PhD