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November 13, 2003

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Professor Frank Gavin with former LBJ Library and Museum Director Harry Middleton in the archives of the LBJ Library.

Professor Francis
J. Gavin Receives Harrington Fellowship

LBJ School Professor Francis J. Gavin is one of two recipients of the 2003-04 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship at UT Austin. Gavin was selected for his book project titled “Strategy and Arms Control Reconsidered: Missile Defense, Nuclear Proliferation, and U.S. National Security Policy during the 1960’s.” Conducting the bulk of his research at the LBJ Library archives, Gavin is analyzing newly declassified historical materials to reassess nuclear strategy and arms control during the cold war.

A historian by training, his teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, national security affairs, presidential policymaking, and the history of international monetary relations. His first book, Gold, Dollars and Power: Money, Security, and the Politics of the U.S. Balance of Payments Deficit, 1958-1971, will be released in 2004 by the University of North Carolina Press in its New Cold War History Series.

Gavin joined the LBJ School faculty in the fall of 2000. He previously was a John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in National Security Affairs at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs and an International Security Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was also a Research Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he directed the Presidency and Economic Policy Project, and a Visiting Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gavin received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Studies in Modern European History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Political Science (with honors) from the University of Chicago. He has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Diplomatic History, International History Review, the Journal of European Integration History, and Orbis, and he has written book reviews and editorials for the Sunday Washington Post, the Sunday Philadelphia Inquire, the Austin American-Statesman, Orbis and the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. Gavin has won several prestigious awards and honors, including the 2002-2003 Smith Richardson Junior Faculty fellowship in International Security and Foreign Policy.

The Harrington Faculty Fellows receive salary, research and support grants and are selected on the basis of their outstanding research performance and their potential for making original contributions to research in fields of great significance to the nation and to society. The other 2003-04 Harrington Faculty Fellow is Jeffrey Brock from the University of Chicago, who has joined the UT Department of Mathematics as a visiting faculty member.

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program was created by the late Sybil B. Harrington in 1987 in memory of her husband, Donald Harrington, an independent oil and gas operator in the Texas Panhandle who died in 1974. The $30 million endowment was funded by Sybil Harrington and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation of Amarillo. The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program provides salary, research and support grants to the award recipients.

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LBJ School Professor Frank Gavin Probes the 1960s to Illuminate Current U.S. Foreign Policy Dilemmas

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13 November 2003

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