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A. Trevor Thrall

Associate Professor



3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201


Affiliation: BiodefenseWar and the Military in SocietyInternational Security



On leave until Spring 2018

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 group, where he will be full-time during 2016 and 2017 while on leave from Mason.

Dr. Thrall’s research revolves around the intersection of international security, political communication, and public opinion. He is the co-editor of American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear (Routledge 2009) and Why Did the United States Invade Iraq? (Routledge 2012)  His forthcoming edited volume, The Case for Restraint, 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 Inquirer, Detroit News, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Time, The 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 also had the honor of directing the MPP and MPA programs in the Department of Social Sciences.

Thrall received his Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. where he was a member of the Security Studies Program.

Areas of Research

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