Meghan Herwig

Field & Specialties

U.S. Foreign Policy
20th Century International History
International Economic History
U.S.-China Relations


M.A., History, University of Virginia (May 2020)

B.A., History (with highest honors) and Peace, War, & Defense, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2015) 


Meghan Herwig is a Ph.D. candidate in history and the Brian Layton Blades Jefferson Fellow at the University of Virginia. She is advised by Professor Philip Zelikow. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “The Global Debate over the Future World Economy, 1989-1995,” examines the origins of our current global trade system. Before coming to UVa, she worked in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs. She has a B.A. in History (with highest honors) and in Peace, War, and Defense from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.


“Will the diplomatic boycott of the Olympics push China on human rights?” Made by History, The Washington Post, 4 February 2022,

“There Is More War in the Classroom Than You Think,” War on the Rocks, 7 September 2021, there-is-more-war-in-the-classroom-than-you-think/ (with William Hitchcock)

Awards & Honors

Research Grant, John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund (Summer 2022)

Brian Layton Blades Jefferson Fellow, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia (Fall 2021 - present)

Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE) Fellow, University of Virginia (2020 - 2021)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University Bloomington (Summer 2019)

Courses Taught

HIST 2214: The Cold War (Spring 2020, with Professor Hitchcock)

HIUS 2052: America and War since 1914 (Fall 2019, with Professor Zelikow)