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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 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, Mitterrand, and Blair—escalated through the 1990s, continuing after 9/11 and into the present day.
Dissertation Project: "Rogue States and the Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1985–2001"
Awards & Honors
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)