Stephen Rabe


Ashbel Smith Professor

Areas of Specialization:  U.S. Foreign Relations; History of Slavery; Latin American Relations

Office:  JO 5.614
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2009

Stephen G. Rabe holds an Ashbel Smith Professorship. He has written or edited 11 books and approximately 200 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, 2016).

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.

Rabe's present scholarly project is Kissinger and Latin America, a book-length study of U.S. policies during the Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford administrations.

Stephen Rabe has taught or lectured in 21 countries. He has led seminars on modern U.S. history in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, 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.

Dr. Rabe plans to retire from UT Dallas in August 2017.

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PhD, University of Connecticut, 1977
MA, University of Connecticut, 1972
BA, Hamilton College, 1970

Curriculum Vitae:  Stephen Rabe's CV