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Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, Vasser College

April 29th, 2010

Area of Expertise: International Relations, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Europe, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Iraq
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
City: Poughkeepsie
Country: USA
Continent: North America


robert brigham Robert BrighamDr. Robert. K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, has taught at Vassar since 1994. He teaches courses on the history of American foreign relations, modern America, and international history.

Along with several teaching awards, Brigham has also earned fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, and the Social Sciences Committee in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition, Brigham has been Albert Shaw Endowed Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, Mellon Senior Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (Clare College), visiting professor of international relations at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History (Fulbright) at University College Dublin.

Brigham is author or co-author of ten books, including American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume I & Volume II, 8th Edition  [along with Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Michael Donoghue, and Kenneth Hagan] (Boston: Cenage, 2015); America and Iraq since 1990 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); The Global Ho Chi Minh (Potomac, 2013); Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2008); ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army (Kansas, 2006); Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, 2006); Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999), written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight of Brown University; and Guerilla Diplomacy: The NLF’s Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War (Cornell, 1998). He is currently at work on a monograph on humanitarian intervention during the Clinton administration (Cambridge University Press) and a textbook on the international history of the Vietnam War with Mark P. Bradley and Lien-Hang Nguyen (Wiley-Blackwell).

A regular public lecturer, Brigham has also provided interviews and written some two hundred articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, The Bangkok Post, Vietnam News, The Standard, South China Morning Post, Asia Times, and The Independent. He has also appeared on National Public Radio, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NBC, ABC, Fox News, the British Broadcasting Company, CBS Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Company, Talk Radio; RTE; NHK, and CNN.

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