Dr. Ronald Frankum

Dr. Ronald Frankum

Dr. Ronald Frankum

Professor of History

Office: 313 McComsey
Phone: (717) 871-7172

Additional Information


  • HIST 105:  Craft of History
  • HIST 106:  Contours of United States History
  • HIST 276:  American Foreign Relations, 1890 to the Present
  • HIST 360:  Second World War
  • HIST 406:  Senior Seminar
  • HIST 470:  The Vietnam War
  • HIST 498/499:  Departmental Honors Thesis
  • HIST 510:  Topics in History:  20th Century American Foreign Relations
  • HIST 503:  Readings in 20th Century United States History
  • HIST 510:  Readings:  The Vietnam War
  • HIST 510:  Readings:  Modern American Foreign Relations
  • HIST 610:  20th Century American Wars and Diplomacy
  • HIST 612:  Seminar:  The Vietnam War
  • HIST 698:  Independent Study - Readings in United States History

Recent Publications:


  • The Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam.  Scarecrow Press (May 2011)

  • Operation Passage to Freedom: The United States Navy in Vietnam, 1954-1955 . Texas Tech University Press (July 2007)
  • Like Rolling Thunder: The Air War during the Vietnam War. Rowman and Littlefield (February 2005)
  • The Vietnam War for Dummies. (with Stephen Maxner) Wiley (October 2002)
  • Silent Partners: The United States and Australia in Vietnam . Edwin Mellen Press, (March 2001)

Articles/Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Một cách hiểu về Ngô Đình Diệm  (Understanding Ngô Đình Diêm), BBCVietnamese.com (October 28, 2008) http://www.bbc.co.uk/vietnamese/vietnam/story/2008/10/081028_frankum_ngodinhdiem.shtml
  •  "Australia, Air Force", "Australia, Navy", "Donlan, Roger", "FREEDOM TRAIN, Operation (air)", "Sisowath Sirik Matak", "Task Force 116", "Xa Loi Pagoda Raid", "Vung Tau" entries in the ABC-CLIO Military History Series (2008)
  • "Australia" and "New Zealand" entries in the Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History.  Spencer Tucker, Editor (2006)

Current Research Interests:

Twentieth Century American Foreign Relations; The Vietnam War; The Second World War