Faculty Bio

Robert Brigham

Professor of History on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair of International Relations

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. Along with several teaching awards, he has also earned fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. 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, including The Wars for Vietnam (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), written with Mark P. Bradley; America Foreign Relations since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018); American Foreign Relations: A History, Volume I & Volume II, 8th Edition  [along with Thomas Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Michael Donoghue, and Kenneth Hagan] (Cengage, 2015); 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); Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, 2006); ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army (Kansas, 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 Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF’s Foreign Relations and the Vietnam War (Cornell, 1998). His current book project examines Henry Kissinger’s effort to negotiate an end to the Vietnam War (under contract with PublicAffairs).

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.