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Joseph A. "Andy" Fry

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of History
Office: WRI-A 315


Joseph A. (Andy) Fry is a distinguished professor of history emeritus. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1970 and 1974 and his B.A. from Davis and Elkins College in 1969. He joined the UNLV faculty in 1975 and retired in December 2013. He taught courses on U.S. foreign relations, history of the American South after 1850, U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and the U.S. history survey.

Fry has published five books: Henry S. Sanford: Diplomacy and Business in Nineteenth Century America (1982) John Tyler Morgan and the Search for Southern Autonomy (1992) Dixie Looks Abroad: The South and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1789-1973 (2002) Debating Vietnam: Fulbright, Stennis, and Their Senate Hearings (2006); and The American South and the Vietnam War: Belligerence, Protest, and Agony in Dixie (2015). He has published articles in Diplomatic History, the Pacific Historical Review, and various other journals and collections. He is the series editor for Biographies in American Foreign Policy published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. To date, 18 volumes have appeared.

Fry's current research focuses on Lincoln, Seward, and U.S. foreign relations in the 1860s.

Expert Areas

  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Southern History