Menu Close

A. Trevor Thrall

Associate Professor



Research Hall Room 350, MSN: 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030


Affiliation: BiodefenseWar and the Military in SocietyInternational Security



Trevor Thrall is an associate professor of international security in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in the Defense and Foreign Policy department. Dr. Thrall’s research revolves around the intersection of international security, political communication, and public opinion. His most recent edited volume, U.S. Grand Strategy in the 21st Century: The Case for Restraint (Routledge 2018)  examines current U.S. grand strategy and presents leading arguments in favor of a more restrained foreign policy.  Thrall also publishes commentary on current affairs in a wide range of publications, including the Philadelphia InquirerDetroit News, Huffington PostNewsweekTimeThe National Interest, and Foreign Policy, and is a frequent guest on radio and television. Prior to arriving at George Mason Thrall taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he directed the MPP and MPA programs in the Department of Social Sciences. Thrall received his Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T.

Areas of Research

  • International Security
  • Political Communication
  • Public Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy and War