Francis J. Gavin is a leading academic authority on American foreign policy. A historian by training, his teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, national security affairs, nuclear strategy and arms control, presidential policymaking, and the history of international monetary relations. He is the founding Director of Studies for the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the director of The Next Generation Project – U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions, a multi-year national initiative sponsored by The American Assembly at Columbia University. He was a founding member of the Historical Society, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gavin received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.St. in Modern European History from Oxford, and a B.A. in Political Science (with honors) from the University of Chicago. He has previously held positions as an Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs and an International Security Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was also a Research Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he worked on the Presidential Recordings Project and directed the Presidency and Economic Policy Project. His publications include numerous scholarly articles, book reviews and editorials. His book, “Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971”, was published in 2004 by the University of North Carolina Press under their New Cold War History series. Gavin has won several prestigious awards and honors, including the 2002-2003 Smith Richardson Junior Faculty fellowship in International Security and Foreign Policy and the 2003-2004 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship at the University of Texas. His current research project is entitled, "Strategy and Arms Control Reconsidered: Reassessing the History of Missile Defense, Nuclear Proliferation, and U.S. National Security Policy."