2021-2022 fellows announced!
Meet the 2021-2022 Class of Reagan Visiting Fellows
Frances Tilney Burke
Ms. Burke will receive her Ph.D. in international relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she is writing on the history of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, and was the recipient of the Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship. She is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and expert in international security. She earned her M.A. in Law and Diplomacy, also from the Fletcher School, an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, and an A.B. in U.S. History and Literature from Harvard University. From 2019-2020, she was a visiting research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focused on foreign and defense policy, and especially policy issues affecting military families.
As the George P. Shultz Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Ms. Burke will work reassessing President Reagan’s legacy of democratization in Latin America. She is particularly keen to work with the Reagan Library archivists on the president’s “freedom agenda” papers, memoranda, and speeches specific to the Western Hemisphere.
Prior to her academic work at The Fletcher School, Ms. Burke was a special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense (twice) during the Bush administration, a counterterrorism analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and, later, a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of Detainee Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Frances served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was selected as a “Next Generation National Security Fellow” at the Center for a New American Security (2011-12). She has been an active Army family volunteer leader with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 25th Infantry Division, and the 7th Infantry Division.
Her commentary has appeared in the Weekly Standard, the National Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, and War on the Rocks.
Frances is married to an active-duty Army officer in his 26th year of service. They have four children, ages 12, 11, 8, and 1.
Dr Campbell is a historian of the Cold War, US foreign policy, and US-Russian relations. Campbell is interested in the role of ideology in foreign policy and exploring the intersection of religion, human rights, nationalism and foreign affairs. He earned his PhD and MSc in Russian, Central and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow and holds a BA Hons in History and Politics from the University of Strathclyde. He has written on religion and nationalism in the Soviet republics, and sits on the board of the Keston Institute, which oversees the Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society at Baylor University.
Dr Campbell is currently working to turn his doctoral thesis, entitled “Are We Doing Enough?” US Foreign Policy and the Soviet Nationalities 1977-1984, into a book manuscript. The thesis examined efforts by the Carter and Reagan administrations to exploit simmering nationalist tensions within the Soviet republics and harness them to advance US Cold War objectives. His book project will expand this thesis to trace US policy towards the Soviet nationalities and republics from the late 1970s to the collapse of the USSR. The core of the project will explore President Reagan’s deeply-held belief in national self-determination and religious freedom for Soviet minorities, and how this tied into his wider strategy towards the Soviet Union.
Meet the 2020-2021 Class of Reagan Visiting Fellows
Dr. Eames is a historian of the Cold War and nuclear geopolitics. He currently teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Eames earned his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Transregional History and holds an MA in Global and Comparative History jointly conferred by King’s College London and Georgetown University, and a B.A. in History and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Eames’ scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Military History, Technology & Culture, War on the Rocks, and several other publications. He has spoken widely on nuclear issues in both the United States and the United Kingdom and co-hosts a nuclear history podcast.
Dr. Eames is currently transforming his dissertation Public Diplomacy for the Nuclear Age: Anglo-American Grand Strategy and the End of the Cold War into a book manuscript. His book project argues that President Reagan developed new approaches to public diplomacy under the banner of Peace through Strength, which proved instrumental to achieving nuclear reductions at the end of the Cold War. Eames’ work will explore if Reagan’s approach to public diplomacy remains pertinent for today’s geopolitical climate. Eames believes his work will “give us a better sense of the ways in which U.S. policymakers can design confidence building measures to overcome historic and geographical sources of Russian insecurity.”
An expert on contemporary history, Luke Griffith is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C. Griffith studies American foreign policy, nuclear security, and transatlantic relations. Relying on extensive archival research and elite interviews, his dissertation analyses the genesis of the world’s first nuclear disarmament agreement, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. At the Ronald Reagan Institute, he will transform his dissertation into a book manuscript, which is tentatively titled, “From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump: The United States and the INF Treaty.”
Prior to the Ronald Reagan Institute, Griffith was the 2019-2020 Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation, where he wrote about nuclear weapons and arms control issues. After graduating magna cum laude from Cedarville University in 2010, he secured a M.A. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2018 from Ohio University. He was awarded Ohio University’s Baker Peace Fellowship in 2017-2018, earning a certificate from the interdisciplinary Contemporary History Institute as well. He has published numerous book reviews and peer-reviewed projects. His commentary also appeared in Defense One, Real Clear Defense, National Interest, Defense-Aerospace, and Real Clear Policy.