Ryan Haddad is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland specializing in business and diplomatic history and a doctoral fellow at UMD Smith School of Business' Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. His research interests center on the intersection of international trade and security, particularly in the American context during the Cold War. His dissertation, "America's Commercial Cold War," is a study of how the United States used trade restrictions and promotion to counter the threat of communism after World War II.
Prior to his current study, Ryan was most recently an export control policy consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and a contract support member of the President's Export Control Reform Task Force. He has also worked in U.S.-European affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has an MSc. in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science from Providence College.