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 at the University of Virginia. She is advised by Professor Philip Zelikow. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “The Global Debate over the Future World Economy, 1989-1998,” 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 - Spring 2023)

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)