Robert K. Brigham

1. — I first met Harry in 1994 at a reception at Fran Fergusson’s house for new faculty. Since my wife, Monica Church, is an artist, people were keen on us meeting Harry. We were not disappointed.

2. –This statement about my work comes from my departmental web site: 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 and modern America. 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, the Cooper Foundation, the Gilman Foundation, and the Social Sciences Committee in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition, Brigham has been Albert Shaw Endowed Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, a Mellon Senior Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University (Clare College), a visiting professor of international relations at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and in 2007-2008, he was the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History (Fulbright) at University College Dublin. — July, 2007

Brigham is author of numerous books and essays on American foreign relations, including Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF’s Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War (Cornell, 1998); Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999) written with Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight; ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army (Kansas, 2006); Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, 2006); Iraq and Vietnam: The Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2007); and The Global Ho Chi Minh (Washington: Potomac Books, forthcoming). Brigham is currently working on a textbook on the Vietnam War with Mark P. Bradley and Lien-Hang Nguyen (Blackwell) and a history of the mobilization against the Vietnam War (Cambridge)

— July 2007

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