Robert K. Brigham Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair
Robert. K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, joined the Vassar faculty in 1994. He is a specialist on the history of U.S. foreign policy. His major teaching and research interests are the Vietnam War, negotiations to end deadly conflict, and climate change and international security. Along with several teaching awards, he has also earned fellowships from the Rockefeller, Mellon, Ford, and Smith Richardson foundations as well as the National Endowment for Humanities. 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, summer seminar faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History (Fulbright) at University College Dublin.
Brigham is author or co-author of nine books, among them Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam (PublicAffairs, 2018); American Foreign Relations: A History, Volumes I & II, 8th Edition (Cengage, 2015), co-authored with Tom Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Michael Donoghue, and Kenneth Hagan; The United States and Iraq since 1990: A Brief History with Documents (Wiley -Blackwell, 2013); Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2008); and 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.
Brigham serves on several editorial and governing boards, including election to the Council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Advisory Board of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. Brigham is the Director of the Vassar-West Point Initiative. He is also an elected member of the London-based International Institute for Security Studies, one of the world’s leaders on global security issues.
- BA, The College at Brockport; MA, University of Rhode Island; PhD, University of Kentucky, Lexington
- At Vassar since 1994
In the Media
Climate Change, Journalism, Refugees, X-Rays
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How do you make sense of the Vietnam war?
Robert K. Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, wrote an Irish Times review of the new book, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945–1975, by Max Hastings.
The Perfect Balance
Junior hitter Devan Gallagher is the first Vassar women’s volleyball player to earn a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Second Team and the sixth athlete in Vassar history to be named to the Academic All-American Team.
Michaela Coplen ’18 Wins a Marshall Scholarship
International studies major and nationally recognized poet Michaela Coplen ’18 will continue her studies next fall at Oxford as a recipient of a prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
As Trump Declares Missing in Action Recognition Day, How Many Service Members Are Missing?
Robert Brigham, Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair, was quoted in a Newsweek story about prisoners of war.
September 15, 2017
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