Dr. Geoffrey C. Stewart is a professor of international history with more than ten years of teaching experience. Over that time, he has taught over sixty courses to more than 3000 students covering postcolonial Vietnamese history, global politics since 1945, the Cold War, the US in the World, and the history of rock ’n’ roll in a global context. He is particularly proud of his ability to use the subject matter of his courses to connect with students, open their minds to the potential of liberal education and make them responsible global citizens.
Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on the intersection of the Cold War and decolonization in South Vietnam, particularly how this shaped rural development and nation-building during the period of Ngô Đình Diệm’s First Republic of Vietnam (1955-1963). His publications include a book, Vietnam’s Lost Revolution: Ngô Đình Diệm’s Failure to Build an Independent Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an article in The Journal of Vietnamese Studies, book chapters and reviews in journals such as The Journal of Asian Studies, Cold War History and, most recently, The American Historical Review. His next project will build off this work to explore Ngô Đình Diệm’s relations with India’s Jawaharlal Nehru and Malaya’s Tunku Abdul Rahman between 1955 and 1963. Like Ngô Đình Diệm, Nehru and Tunku were attempting to transform their own states and societies into viable postcolonial nations at a particularly turbulent time in global affairs.