Justin Winokur

Field & Specialties

20th Century International History
The Cold War
U.S. Foreign Relations
U.S. Political History


M.A. History, University of Virginia, 2022

B.A. International Relations, French, and German (summa cum laude), Connecticut College, 2018


Justin Winokur is a fourth year PhD candidate and the Norman Graebner Fellow in History at the University of Virginia, where he researches the evolution of America's national security state under Professor William Hitchcock. Justin is also a Research Affiliate of the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. From 2018-2020, Justin was a Research Assistant to Professor Graham Allison at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, where he was also the Center's Applied History Project Coordinator. He holds an MA in History from the University of Virginia and a BA in International Relations (summa cum laude) from Connecticut College.


"The Cold War Trap," Foreign Affairs, July 13, 2023

“Disordered by Design: Democratic Capitalism and the Warfare State, 1954-1961” (MA Thesis, University of Virginia, 2022)

Awards & Honors

Norman Graebner Fellow in History, University of Virginia (2023-24)

Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellow, The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College (2023-24)

Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellow, University of Virginia (2023-24)

Fellow, Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE), University of Virginia (2022-23)

National Security Fellow, National Security Policy Center, University of Virginia (2022-23)

Courses Taught

HIST 2214: The Cold War, 1945-1991 (Professor William Hitchcock, Fall 2021)

HIUS 3853: From Redlined to Subprime: Race and Real Estate in the US (Professor Andrew Kahrl, Fall 2023)