Edward Miller

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of History

Edward Miller is a historian, teacher, and digital humanist.  His research and teaching focus on Modern Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and oral history. His scholarship explores the international and transnational dimensions of the Vietnam War and is based on research in archives in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States.  His publications include Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard, 2013) and The Vietnam War: A Documentary Reader (Wiley, 2016).

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Professor Miller is currently at work on a book-length study of the Vietnam War in the Mekong Delta that re-interprets the conflict there as a civil war.  That study draws on archival sources, interviews, and other materials collected in both the United States and Vietnam.  Prof. Miller is also co-editing a volume of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Vietnam War.

In addition to his scholarship on the Vietnam War, Prof. Miller is interested in the digital humanities and especially in the application of digital technology to the field of oral history.  He is the founder and director of the Dartmouth Digital History Initiative, a project that is developing data visualization tools for use with oral history archives.  He is also a co-founder of the Dartmouth Vietnam Project, an oral history project that trains Dartmouth undergraduate students to interview older members of the Dartmouth community about their experiences and memories of the Vietnam War era.

Prof. Miller is engaged in several public history projects connected to the Vietnam War.  He previously worked as an advisor on Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary film "The Vietnam War" (2017) and also advised the curators of the U.S. National Archives' "Remembering Vietnam" Exhibit (2017-2019).  In Vietnam, he consulted on the design of a museum exhibit that opened in 2018 at Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most-visited public history sites in Vietnam.

At Dartmouth College, Prof. Miller teaches courses on the Vietnam War, oral history, the history of development, and the Cold War.  He is also the designer and faculty director for Developing Vietnam, a new Dartmouth foreign study program in Vietnam.  This program, which will run for the first time during the fall term and December winterim of 2022, is part of Dartmouth's partnership with Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.  Prof. Miller has supported Fulbright University since its founding in 2016 as a member of its Board of Trustees (2017-2019) and as an advisor to its senior leaders.

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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 (DVP), 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.  The DVP has recorded over 160 interviews with military veterans, antiwar activists, journalists, government officials, healthcare workers, aid experts, and refugees. 

He is also the director of the Dartmouth Digital History Initiative (DDHI), a digital humanities project that is developing new tools and methods for encoding and visualizing data contained in oral history interviews.  Click here to try out a demonstration version of the DDHI's data visualization viewer!

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