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Stephen Rabe

Stephen Rabe

Ashbel Smith Professor of History
Professor Emeritus

Professional Preparation

PhD - History
University of Connecticut - 1977
MA - History
University of Connecticut - 1972
BA - History
Hamilton College - 1970

Additional Information

Stephen Rabe held the Ashbel Smith Chair in History at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he taught for forty years. He won three awards for distinguished teaching. He has written or edited twelve books, including John F. Kennedy: World Leader (2010) and The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America, 2nd ed. (2016). His Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anticommunism (1988) won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. His new project, Kissinger and Latin America: Intervention, Diplomacy, and Human Rights has recently been published by Cornell University Press (2020).

Professor Rabe's new project is a book-length study on the dramatic events that took place in the village of Graignes, Normandy between 6 (D-Day) and 16 June 1944.  The project involves work with U.S., French, and German archival material.  Rabe's father, S/Sgt. Rene E. Rabe, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, participated in these dramatic events.  

Rabe has taught or lectured in twenty countries, conducting seminars on modern U.S. history in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador. He has also served as the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin in Ireland and the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Professor Rabe no longer teaches organized courses at UTD. But he continues to mentor and advise UTD graduate students on their theses and doctoral dissertations. Rabe is presently affiliated faculty member with the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.