A historian by training, Francis J. Gavin's teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, global governance, national security affairs, nuclear strategy and arms control, presidential policymaking, and the history of international monetary relations. Gavin is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He was also the director of "The Next Generation Project - U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions," a multi-year national initiative sponsored by The American Assembly at Columbia University. Previously, he was an Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, an International Security Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a Research Fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he started "The Presidency and Economic Policy Program."
Gavin received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Studies in Modern European History from Oxford, and a B.A. in Political Science (with honors) from the University of Chicago. His publications include numerous scholarly articles, book reviews and editorials. His book, Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971, was published in 2004 by the University of North Carolina Press under their New Cold War History series.
Gavin has won several prestigious awards and honors, including the 2002-2003 Smith Richardson Junior Faculty fellowship in International Security and Foreign Policy and the 2003-2004 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship at the University of Texas. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Nuclear Politics and Policies: From the Cold War through the 21st Century. In the spring of 2009, he was a senior research fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, participating in the Institute's project to explore the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation, "The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: Post Experiences and Future Challenges."
Gavin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, the International Studies Association, the Council for European Studies, and is an advisor to McKinsey & Company. He serves on the Academic Advisory Board for America Abroad Media in Washington, DC and the Advisory Board for the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas.
- "Same As It Ever Was: Nuclear Alarmism, Proliferation, and the Cold War," International Security, Winter 2009/10
- Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971, University of North Carolina Press, 2004
- "No need to ban the bomb," Los Angeles Times, Mar 2010
- "How to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions," The World, Public Radio International (PRI), Mar 2010
Selected Articles and Book Contributions
- "Nuclear Nixon," in The Foreign Policy of the Nixon Administration, eds., Fred Logevall and Andrew Preston, Oxford University Press, scheduled for publication in 2008
- "Understanding Nuclear Proliferation in an Age of Globalization," Globalization and Transatlantic Security, ed., Rachel Epstein, European Union Institute Press, 2006
- "Blasts from the Past: Nuclear Proliferation and Rogue States Before the Bush Doctrine," International Security, Winter 2005
Selected Research Project:
- "Strategy and Arms Control Reconsidered: Reassessing the History of Missile Defense, Nuclear Proliferation, and U.S. National Security Policy"