Ryan yearned for a position within higher education, so he pursued a doctorate in history at the University of Alabama. Since 2010, Dr. Floyd has been a faculty member at Lander University in South Carolina. Two years ago, he received Lander’s Young Faculty Teaching Award. This year he was named the recipient of the institution’s Young Faculty Scholar Award. The primary focus of his scholarship is American foreign policy during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Palgrave Macmillan has recently published his book on Woodrow Wilson and the beginning of the First World War.    

Ryan happens to be the son of our own Hugh Floyd of our Department of Sociology, who has no idea that I’m sending this message but will be justifiably proud when he opens his inbox today.   

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