Office Hours: By appointment
Field & Specialties
U.S. Foreign Relations and National Security
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 dissertation, titled “Rogue States: The Making of America’s Global War on Terror, 1980–1994,” examines the transition to the new global order that replaced the Cold War world. It traces the rise of strategies to fight the emerging national security threats of rogue states, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction from the early Reagan years to the aftermath of the Gulf War.
Matt has been awarded the Jefferson Fellowship at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the History Department’s Graduate Teaching Award for teaching excellence. He is currently a National Security Fellow at the Batten School’s National Security Policy Center as he completes his dissertation.
Dissertation Project: "Rogue States: The Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1980–1994"