Stephanie Freeman

Stephanie Freeman


  • War, Power, International Affairs


  • Assistant Professor


  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations
  • 20th Century U.S.
  • Nuclear History


I am a historian of U.S. foreign relations. I am particularly interested in the influence of non-state actors on U.S. foreign policymaking. My current book project is an international history of nuclear abolitionists’ role in ending the Cold War. Interweaving the efforts of grassroots anti-nuclear activists and government officials committed to nuclear disarmament, this project reveals that nuclear abolitionists played a decisive yet unappreciated role in the Cold War’s endgame.

Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 2017
M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2012
B.A., History and Political Science, Vanderbilt University, 2010

Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 2019-

Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, 2018-2019

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellow, Dickey Center, Dartmouth College, 2017-2018



Dreams for a Decade: Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press).

Journal Articles
“The Making of an Accidental Crisis: The United States and the NATO Dual-Track Decision of 1979,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 25, no. 2 (June 2014): 331-355.

Book Chapters
“Ronald Reagan and the Nuclear Freeze Movement,” in The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s, eds. Jonathan Hunt and Simon Miles (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Selected Presentations

“The Trials of Coordination: The U.S. Nuclear Freeze Movement, European Nuclear Disarmament, and the Struggle to Transcend the Arms Race.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. June 17-20, 2021. 

“The Anatomy of Influence: East European Dissidents and the Transformation of European Anti-Nuclear Activism in the 1980s.” “Global Histories of Anti-Nuclear and Peace Activism in the Late Cold War” conference, hosted online by the London School of Economics and Political Science. March 25-26, 2021. 

“‘A Great Step into the Future’: The United States, Russia, and the INF Treaty.” Applied History Network Meeting, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. May 2-4, 2019.

“‘A Test that We Cannot Afford to Fail’: The Bush Administration, NATO Short-Range Nuclear Forces, and the Struggle for Europe’s Future.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) 2017 Annual Meeting, Arlington, Virginia. June 22-24, 2017.

“‘We, Too, Are Activists’: Ronald Reagan, the Nuclear Freeze Movement, and U.S. Strategic Arms Control Policy, 1981-1985.” “Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Global Politics in the 1980s” conference, Clements Center for National Security, Austin, Texas. January 19-21, 2017.

Selected Fellowships and Awards:

• Ernest May Fellowship in History and Policy, Belfer Center, Harvard University (2018-2019)
• U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dickey Center, Dartmouth College (2017-2018)
• Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016-2017)
• University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Foreign Study Fellowship (2015)
• Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (2014-2015)
• Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, University of Virginia (2014-2015)
• Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Research Award, University of Virginia (2014)
• Phi Beta Kappa (2010)

American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations