Dr. Ronald Frankum

Professor of History

Dr. Ronald Frankum

Contact Information


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

Office Hours

M: 10:00-10:50 AM; 12:00-12:50 PM
W: 10:00-10:50 AM; 12:00-12:50 PM
F: 10:00-10:50 AM; 12:00-12:50 PM


  • HIST 105:  Introduction to the Craft of History
  • HIST 106:  Contours of United States History
  • HIST 276:  History of American Foreign Relations, 1890 to the Present
  • HIST 357:  Modern United States History
  • HIST 359:  The First World War
  • HIST 360:  The Second World War
  • HIST 406:  Senior Seminar
  • HIST 470:  The Vietnam War
  • HIST 498/499:  Departmental Honors Thesis
  • HIST 503:  Readings in 20th Century United States History
  • HIST 510:  Topics in History:  20th Century American Foreign Relations
  • 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:


  • Battle Briefings:  The Vietnam War.  Stackpole Publishing (2019)
  • Elbridge Durbrow’s War in Vietnam:  The Ambassador's Influence on American Involvement, 1957-1961.  McFarland and Company, Inc. (2019)
  • Vietnam’s Year of the Rat:  Elbridge Durbrow, Ngô Đình Diệm and the Turn in U.S. Relations, 1959-1961.  McFarland and Company, Inc. (2014)
  • The Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam.  Scarecrow Press (2011)
  • Operation Passage to Freedom:  The United States in Vietnam, 1954-1955 Texas Tech University Press (2007)
  • Like Rolling Thunder:  The Air War during the Vietnam War.   Rowman and Littlefield (2005)
  • The Vietnam War for Dummies.  [with Stephen Maxner] Wiley (2002)
  • Silent Partners:  The United States and Australia in Vietnam.  Edwin Mellen Press, (2001)
Articles/Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Anti-War Movemment (Vietnam)” in The American Middle Class [2 volumes]: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty.  Ed. Robert S. Rycroft (Greenwood Press, 2017).
  • “Một cách hiểu về Ngô Đình Diệm  (Understanding Ngô Đình Diêm), BBCVietnamese.com (October 28, 2008) 
  • “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)
  • "Walking A Tightrope:  An Examination Of United States-Australian Foreign Relations In West New Guinea, 1954-1962," Melbourne Historical Journal, August 1998

Current Research Interests:

Twentieth Century American Foreign Relations; The Vietnam War; United States Military History