Matthew Frakes

Matthew Frakes

103B Jefferson Fellows Center, Jefferson Scholars Foundation
Office Hours: By appointment

Field & Specialties

U.S. Foreign Relations
American Presidents and War
Cold War and Post–Cold War Strategy
Anglo–American Relations

Education

M.A. University of Virginia, 2019
M.Sc. London School of Economics, 2017
M.A. Columbia University, 2017
A.B. Princeton University, 2013

Biography

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, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, 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.

Publications

"Reagan, Rogue States, and the Problem of Terrorism," Sources and Methods (blog), History and Public Policy Program, Wilson Center, September 17, 2020, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/reagan-rogue-states-and-problem-t....
 
Master's Thesis (University of Virginia): "Act of War: Reagan, Thatcher, and Counterterrorism Strategy during the American Bombing of Libya, 1986" (2019)
 
Master's Thesis (Columbia University/London School of Economics): "A Breach in the Special Relationship? Reagan, Thatcher, and the American Invasion of Grenada, 1983" (2017)

Current Research

Dissertation Project: "Rogue States: The Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1980–1994"

Awards & Honors

Jefferson Fellowship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia (2020–Present)
 
Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Virginia (2020)
 
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)

Courses Taught

HIUS 3172 America in Vietnam (with Prof. Marc Selverstone, Summer 2020)
HIST 2214 The Cold War, 1945–1991 (with Prof. William Hitchcock, Fall 2018 and Spring 2020)
HIST 2002 The Modern World: Global History since 1760 (with Prof. Philip Zelikow, Fall 2019)
HIST 3452 The Second World War (with Prof. Philip Zelikow, Spring 2019)