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Stephen G Rabe
Endowed Chair-Arts & Humanities, Arts & Humanities, School of
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31, JO 5.614, Room No.: 5.614 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2009    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D. University of Connecticut1977
 M.A. University of Connecticut1972
 B.A. Hamilton College1970
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  • I conduct research in the history of U.S. foreign relations, with a special interest in the history of U.S. relations with Latin America. In addition, I have a teaching interest in the history of slavery in the Americas.
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John F. Kennedy and the American Dream. Proceedings of the IX Estonian Conference on American Studies. University of Tartu (forthcoming).
Theodore Roosevelt, the Panama Canal and the Roosevelt Corollary: Sphere of Influence Diplomacy. In A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt, edited by Serge Ricard. New York: Blackwell (forthcoming).
The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Category: The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War...
John F. Kennedy: World Leader. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2010.
Category: John F. Kennedy: World Leader
A Question of Power: U.S. Relations with Latin America. Diplomatic History 34 (2010): 447-53.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2007-2010Endowed ChairArts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas
1988-2007Professor of History  University of Texas at Dallas
1982-1988Associate Professor of History  University of Texas at Dallas
1977-1982Assistant Professor of History  University of Texas at Dallas
1976-1977Instructor of History  University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
 News Articles
Dr. Stephen Rabe Awarded Bicentennial Chair In American Studies at the University of Helsinki
UT Dallas News Center
Stephen G. Rabe, a professor of history at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been selected as the recipient of the 2005-06 Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at The University of Helsinki in Finland by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, popularly known as the Fulbright Scholars Program. Rabe will leave for Helsinki in August for the nine-month assignment.
Rabe’s award — from the Distinguished Chairs Program — is viewed as among the most prestigious of the Fulbright appointments since only about 30 professors from the United States are named to it each year. The designees teach in a variety of academic areas and are expected to have a prominent record of scholarly accomplishment.

Prof to Teach American History South of the Equator
UT Dallas News Center
Professor Stephen G. Rabe in the School of Arts & Humanities will lead a seminar on contemporary U.S. history this August in Quito, Ecuador.  The seminar will be held under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Commission.
Rabe has previously worked for the State Department and the Fulbright Commission, having taught seminars on U.S. history over the past five years in Brasília and Recife, Brazil, and in Buenos Aires and Rio Cuarto, Argentina.  Many of his Latin American students have subsequently gone on to graduate study in the U.S.
Rabe says the seminar will represent a unique experience for himself and the Fulbright Commission. 

Professor Leads Symposium for Students in South America
UT Dallas News Center
Over spring break, history professor Stephen G. Rabe traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to participate in the first-ever Ecuadorian Leadership Workshop and Mentoring Program for Students from the Coast.
The program was held under the auspices of Ecuador’s Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Commission selected 14 high-achieving students from the Pacific Coast region of Ecuador to participate.“The students were fantastic. They were able, energetic and committed to improving the quality of life in Ecuador,” Rabe said.
Previously in August 2008, Rabe led a similar seminar designed for students from the Andes Mountains in the “Sierra” region of Ecuador. The students he worked with were primarily from the indigenous communities of Ecuador or were Afro-Ecuadorians.  After completing a training program in leadership and U.S. history, the 20 students received support to study English from the Fulbright Commission.

Historian’s Expertise Sought for Program on Guyana
UT Dallas News Center
The BBC turned to a UT Dallas historian recently for help with a radio documentary on the destabilization of the British Guiana government in the early 1960s.
Dr. Stephen Rabe’s book, U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War, is the first published account of the United States’ massive covert intervention between 1953 and 1969 in the country that is now known as Guyana.
Rabe, a specialist on U.S. foreign relations as well as the history of slavery, is quoted extensively in the 30-minute program.

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  • Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). Elected to Executive Council of SHAFR twice; appointed Program Co-Chair twice; nominated for presidency of SHAFR in 2008.
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)

  • Arts and Humanities Endowed Chair, UTD, 2007-
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Fulbright Commission, Quito, Ecuador, 2008.
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Fulbright Commission, Buenos Aires and Rio Quarto, Argentina, 2006.
  • Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2005-2006.
  • Marjorie Allen Skotheim Lecturer, Whitman, College Walla Walla, Washington, 2004.
  • U.S. State Department Lecturer, Recife and Brasília, Brazil, 2003-2004.
  • Polykarp Kusch Lectureship, UTD, 2000.
  • Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History, University College Dublin, Ireland, 1990-1991.

  • Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize for Eisenhower and Latin America. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) awarded this prize in 1989 for the best book in the field of international history.
  • Stuart L. Bernath Lectureship. SHAFR awarded this prize in 1988 for being the outstanding younger scholar in the field of U.S. foreign relations.
  • Harvey O. Johnson Prize for The Road to OPEC. The Southwest Council on Latin American Studies (SCOLAS) awarded this prize in 1983 for the best book by a member of the organization.
  • AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, UTD, 1982.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Connecticut, 1976.

  • Special Faculty Developments Awards, UTD, 2008-2009; 2003-2004; 1996-1997.
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Fellowships, 1993; 1978.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Travel to Collections Fellowship, 1988.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1985-1986.
  • Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in American History, American Historical Association, 1984.
  • Rockefeller Archive Center Fellowship, 1981.
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Award, 1979.
  • Harry S. Truman Library Institute Award, 1978.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Award, 1974.


Undergraduate Courses Offered at UTD

  • HIST 3369: U.S. Foreign Relations
  • HIST 3370: The American Experience in Vietnam
  • HIST 3379: U.S. Relations with Latin America
  • HIST 3382: U.S. since 1945

Graduate Courses Offered at UTD

  • HIST 6325: 20th Century Topics: U.S. Relations with Latin America
  • HIST 6326: U.S. Foreign Relations
  • HIST 6327: U.S. since 1945
  • HIST 6332: Slavery in America
  • HUHI 6343: The American Experience in Vietnam
  • HUHI 6344: The 1960s


I have taught courses or lectured in the following countries

  • Argentina,
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • England (UK)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Northern Ireland (UK)
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Wales (UK)


I have lectured or conducted seminars and colloquiums at the following universities in the United

  • Clark University
  • Hamilton College
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Whitman College
  • Yale University


Stephen G. Rabe holds an Ashbel Smith Chair. He has written or edited 10 books and approximately 180 other pieces in the form of journal articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews. His books include: 

  • The Road to OPEC: United States Relations with Venezuela, 1919-1976 (1982).

  • Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anticommunism (1988).

  • The Most Dangerous Area in the World: John F. Kennedy Confronts Communist Revolution in Latin America (1999).

  • U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story (2005).

  • John F. Kennedy: World Leader (2009).

  • The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (2012).

The Road to OPEC won the Harvey O. Johnson Prize from the Southwest Council on Latin American Studies. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for Eisenhower and Latin America. SHAFR also recognized Rabe with the Bernath Lecture Prize.

Stephen Rabe has taught or lectured in 18 countries. He has led seminars on modern U.S. history in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador. He has held the Mary Ball Washington Chair in American History at University College, Dublin, Ireland and the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in America Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

At UT Dallas, where he has taught since 1977, Rabe has won 3 awards for distinguished teaching. UT Dallas also awarded Rabe the Polykarp Kusch Lectureship. 

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