Edward Miller

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of History

Edward Miller is a historian of American Foreign Relations and modern Vietnam, with particular expertise in the Vietnam War. His scholarship explores the international and transnational dimensions of the war, and is based on research in archives in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States.   Professor Miller is interested in the ways in which political and military conflicts in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia after 1945 were also conflicts over ideas—especially ideas about development, nation building, and sovereignty. These themes are examined in his first book, entitled Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2013).  

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Professor Miller is currently at work on a book-length study of insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Mekong Delta from the 1930s to the 1970s.  He is also co-editing a volume of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Vietnam War (Cambridge University Press) and recently hosted a conference attended by other scholars contributing to that volume. 

In addition to his research, Prof. Miller participates in several public history projects connected to the Vietnam War.  He worked as an advisor on Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 2017 documentary film "The Vietnam War" (2017).  He is also the co-founder of the Dartmouth Vietnam Project, a program that trains current Dartmouth students to document the history of the Vietnam War era by conducting oral history interviews with older members of the Dartmouth College community.  Prof. Miller is active in public history in Vietnam, where he is advising on the design of a forthcoming museum exhibit on the history of Independence Palace In Ho Chi Minh City.

Professor Miller is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), a new institution that will be Vietnam's first independent liberal arts university.

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B.A. Swarthmore College, 1991
M.A. University of Michigan, 1997
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2004
Professor Miller is an adopted member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1964.

Selected Publications

BOOK: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2013).

DOCUMENT READER: The Vietnam War: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).

JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Religious Revival and the Politics of Nation Building: Reinterpreting the 1963 ‘Buddhist crisis’ in South Vietnam,"   (Modern Asian Studies, August 2014).

BOOK CHAPTER: “Across the Pacific and Back to Vietnam: Transnational Legacies and Memories of the Vietnam War”   (Akria Iriye and Robert David Johnson, eds., Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2014)


Professor Miller is the founding director of the Dartmouth Vietnam Project, a student-driven oral history program which documents the memories and experiences of members of the Dartmouth community who lived through the Vietnam War era.

For more information about the DVP, see this story about the launch of the project in November 2014.

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