Dr. Stephen G. Rabe

Professor of history

Ashbel Smith Professor

Stephen G. Rabe specializes in U.S. foreign relations, with a particular interest in U.S. relations with Latin America. Rabe has written or edited 10 books and has published scholarly articles, numerous book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia articles on U.S. and Latin American history. His most recent books are: U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story (2005); John F. Kennedy: World Leader (2010); and The Killing Zone: The United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (2011), which was published by Oxford University Press.

He has commented on international relations on numerous radio and television programs in the United States and in Europe and Latin America. He has also led seminars on U.S. history in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador.

The Southwest Council on Latin American Studies awarded him the Harvey O. Johnson Prize for his study on U.S. relations with Venezuela. His book Eisenhower and Latin America won the Stuart L. Bernath Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). In 1988, SHAFR also recognized Rabe with the Bernath Lecture Prize, which is given to an outstanding young scholar working in international history.

Since arriving at UT Dallas in 1977, Rabe has taught perhaps more undergraduate students than any other professor in the history of the University. He has won three awards for distinguished teaching.

Rabe earned his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and serves as the faculty adviser to the Veterans Club at UT Dallas.

Rabe is married, with a daughter. His wife, Genice A.G. Rabe, is an attorney specializing in labor law and employment discrimination. His daughter, Elizabeth R. Rabe, is an assistant U.S. attorney in Laredo, Texas.

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Dr. Stephen G. Rabe

School of Arts and Humanities


The University of Texas System supports the professorship.


Rabe has lectured widely at home and abroad, where he has taught in 19 countries. In 1990-91, he received a Fulbright Fellowship and served as the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin, Ireland. In 2005-06, Rabe served as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He will serve as a Fulbright senior specialist in Colombia in August.


"The growth and transformation of the University during my 35 years at UT Dallas has been both astounding and gratifying. And the future holds bright promise for the students, staff, and faculty of our University. I could not be prouder than to have spent my academic career at UT Dallas and eagerly anticipate our University's continued growth and intellectual development."