A. Trevor Thrall

Associate Professor
Schar School of Policy & Government
George Mason University

What i Do

Teaching, research, commentary, and global engagement


My latest

I am excited to announce the publication of this volume, edited with two of my former GMU PhD students. With a third GMU PhD student (!) I contribute a chapter on how the American marketplace of ideas, as flawed as it is, actually provides a much more robust defense against Russian election interference than most people understand.

My Ph.D. students at George Mason University

Meet The Next Generation

Andrew Armstrong

Political Science


Jordan Cohen

Political Science


Janet Marroquin



Ready for a life changing experience?

study abroad in switzerland

Every summer I lead the International Security Studies Program, a six-credit, study abroad course to Fribourg, Switzerland. I think it’s the single best way to earn six credits at Mason, period.

Writing Resources
for students

If you’re looking to upgrade your academic and analytical writing, I have all sorts of resources to help.

Have opinions, will travel


Trump’s Dismal Drone Policy

The Trump administration is looking to allow U.S. defense contractors to expand the sale of drones, including armed drones, worldwide. Advocates point to the economic benefits and

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Will Trump End the Endless Wars?

Donald Trump made headlines in 2016 when he stood on a debate stage with 16 other Republican candidates and called the war in Iraq “a horrible

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Explaining U.S. Arms Sales

This past June, the U.S. State Department inspector general who was fired by President Trump, revealed that the administration discouraged him from investigating arms sales to