Matthew A. Frakes


University of Virginia


William I. Hitchcock

Academic Interests:

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


“Rogue States: The Making of America’s Global War on Terror, 1980–1994”

Bio Note:

Matthew Frakes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. 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 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. In addition to his doctoral work, he also conducts research for the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He received his A.B. in history from Princeton University in 2013, an M.A. in international and world history from Columbia University in 2017, an M.Sc. in international and world history from the London School of Economics in 2017, and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia in 2019.

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