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


What Ukraine Tells Us about Trump

According to a formal whistleblower complaint, President Donald Trump withheld Congressionally-appropriated aid from Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to