Edward Miller is a historian of American Foreign Relations and modern Vietnam, with special 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). Professor Miller’s current research projects include a re-appraisal of the legitimacy of the South Vietnamese state, and an environmental history of insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Mekong Delta from the 1930s to the 1970s.