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Field & Specialties
U.S. Foreign Relations
American Presidents and War
Cold War and Post–Cold War Strategy
Matthew Frakes is a Ph.D. candidate in international history, advised by William Hitchcock. His work focuses on United States diplomatic and political history, with particular emphasis on the late Cold War and the emergence of the post–Cold War world. His current research examines the debates over what role the United States and its European allies should play in shaping the post–Cold War international order and defending it against the growing and related threats of rogue states, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism. As the certainties of the bipolar Cold War world gave way to a promising yet dangerous new era, debates within the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations—as well as in wider American society and with the allied governments of Thatcher's Britain and Mitterrand's France—escalated through the 1980s and 1990s, continuing after 9/11 and into the present day.
Dissertation Project: "Rogue States: The Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1980–1994"
Awards & Honors
Cold War Essay Contest First Prize, Adams Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis, Virginia Military Institute (2019), for "Act of War: Reagan, Thatcher, and Counterterrorism Strategy during the American Bombing of Libya, 1986"
Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) Global Center Grant, University of Virginia (2019)
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Fellowship, University of Virginia (2019)
Richard Hofstadter Dissertation Prize, Columbia University and London School of Economics (2017), for "A Breach in the Special Relationship? Reagan, Thatcher, and the American Invasion of Grenada, 1983"
Alliance Fellowship, Columbia University and London School of Economics (2016)