Professor of History
Chair–Department of History, Politics, and International Studies
Faculty Athletics Representative
Kerry Irish is a professor of history and has been at George Fox University since 1993 and is currently the chair of the department. He received his BA from George Fox University, graduating summa cum laude, and his MA and PhD from the University of Washington. Kerry was named 2000 Teacher of the Year at George Fox University.
His expertise is twentieth-century American military, political and diplomatic history, and history of the American West. In 2000, he published his first book, Clarence C. Dill The Life of a Western Politician. He recently published, "Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines: There Must Be a Day of Reckoning" in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Military History. This article received the Army Historical Foundation’s prize for the best article on the U.S. Army to appear in a journal or magazine in 2010.
Kerry also published "Apt Pupil: Dwight Eisenhower and the 1930 Industrial Mobilization Plan" in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Military History. In 2008, Kerry contributed a chapter, "Cross-Cultural Leadership: Dwight D. Eisenhower," in the recently published book, The Art of Command.
In October 2013, C-SPAN sent a four-man film crew to record his lecture on The Presidency of George Washington. His lecture was broadcast on C-SPAN3 as part of their "Lectures in History" series in November and December of 2013.
Kerry teaches the following courses:
America in the Time of the Two World Wars, 1898-1945
Classics of American History
Era of the Civil War, 1825-1898
Modern China and Japan
Recent America, 1945-Present
The American West
The United States and Persian Gulf Conflicts
United States to 1865
United States from 1865