A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Frank Blazich earned a BA in history with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. His undergraduate thesis entitled “Part of Us: The Relationship between Hoffman, North Carolina and Camp Mackall, North Carolina from September 1942 to September 1945,” won the George C. Marshall Research Library Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize in 2004. Blazich received his MA in history summa cum laude from North Carolina State University. There his research focused on the North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and its activities during the Kennedy Administration. His thesis, “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and Fallout Shelters, 1961-1963,” received the Nancy G. Pollock Thesis Award as the top MA thesis at the university for the 2008-2009 academic year. In addition to his MA research, Blazich published the fiftieth anniversary history of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. He served in the USAF from 2004 to 2006.
His dissertation will expand on his MA thesis and explore civil defense through the merger of civil defense and disaster relief into a detailed examination of how an economically underdeveloped state used a nationally-maligned federal program as an economic catalyst for the state’s fiscal future.