Mark Philip Bradley

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College
Chair, Committee on International Relations
PhD 1995 Harvard University

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The University of Chicago
Department of History
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Field Specialties

Twentieth-century US international history; global history of human-rights politics; postcolonial Southeast Asia.


Mark Philip Bradley is the author of Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which won the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, Vietnam at War (Oxford University Press, 2009) and is the co-editor of Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2001). His work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of World History and Dissent.  A recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Fulbright-Hays, Professor Bradley is currently completing a book that explores the place of the United States in the twentieth century global human rights imagination for Cambridge University Press. He is president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is editing a collection of essays that explores the meanings of iconic American texts after the transnational turn, co-authoring a book on the international history of the Vietnam wars, and serves as a co-editor of the Cornell University Press book series The United States in the World.



Vietnam at War: The Search for Meaning. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919–1950. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Edited Volumes

Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Transnational and International Perspectives. Coeditor with Marilyn B. Young. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Truth Claims: Representations and Human Rights. Coeditor with Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Selected Essays and Articles

"Decolonization, Revolutionary Nationalism, and the Cold War, 1919-1962." In The Cambridge History of the War, vol. 1. Edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

"The Ambiguities of Sovereignty: The United States and the Global Rights Cases of the 1940s." In Art of the State: Sovereignty Past and Present. Edited by Douglas Howland and Luise White. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.

"Introduction." In Human Rights and Revolution. Edited by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Lynn Hunt, and Greg Grandin. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

"Interchange: Legacies of the Vietnam Wars." Journal of American History 43, no. 2 (September 2006): 452–91.

"Making Sense of the French War: Postcolonial Modernity and Vietnam, 1946-1954." In Indochina in the Balance: New Perspectives on the First Vietnam War, 16–40. Edited by Mark Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.

"The Imperial and the Postcolonial." In Palgrave Advances in International History, 247–266. Edited by P. Finney. London and New York: Palgrave/Macmillan Press, 2005.

"Becoming Van Minh: Civilizational Discourse and Rights Talk in Colonial Vietnam." Journal of World History 15, no. 1 (March 2004): 65–83.

"Franklin Roosevelt, Trusteeship and US Exceptionalism: Reconsidering American Visions of Postcolonial Vietnam." In The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on Decolonization, 197–212. Edited by Marc Frey, Ronald W. Preussen, and Tan Tai Yong. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003; and in A Companion to the Vietnam War, 130–145. Edited by Marilyn B.Young and Robert Buzzanco. New York: Blackwell Publishing, 2002.

"Contests of Memory: Remembering and Forgetting War in the Contemporary Vietnamese Cinema." In The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, 196–226. Edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

"Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Culture, Diplomacy, and the Origins of the Cold War in Vietnam." In Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism, 1945–1966, 11–34. Edited by Christian G. Appy. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000.