Mark Philip Bradley

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College
Chair, Committee on International Relations
Faculty Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
PhD 1995 Harvard University

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On Research Leave, 2015–2016

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The University of Chicago
Department of History
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Chicago, IL 60637

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 The United States and Global Human Rights Imagination (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017); and the coeditor of Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (Cornell University Press, 2015); 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, Diplomatic 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 beginning a new research project that explores the international histories of the South China Sea. He served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, is coauthoring a book on the global history of the Vietnam wars, and serves as a coeditor of the Cornell University Press book series The United States in the World.


The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017.

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

The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn, coeditor with Brooke L. Blower. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015.

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

“After War: Making Peace as a Project of Moral Reconstruction.” In Cambridge History of World War II, vol. 3, edited by Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015.

Cowritten with Viet Thanh Nguyen. “American and Vietnamese Public Diplomacy, 1945–2010.” In Isolate or Engage: Adversarial States, US Foreign Policy and Public Diplomacy, edited by Geoffrey Wiseman. Stanford: Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2015.

“American Vernaculars: The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination (Presidential Address),” Diplomatic History 38, no. 1 (January 2014): 1–21.

“The Charlie Maier Scare: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations, 1959–1980.” In America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations since 1941, 2nd ed., edited by Frank Costigliola and Michael J. Hogan, 9–29. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

“Internationalism.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, edited by Timothy J. Lynch, 517–23. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“The United States and the Global Human Rights Politics in the 1940s.” In Civil Religion, Human Rights and International Relations, edited by Helle Porsdam, 118–35. London: Edward Elgar, 2012.

“Writing Human Rights History.” Il Mestiere di storico 3, no. 2 (2011): 13–30.

“Approaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” In The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, edited by Akira Iriye, Petra Goode, and William Hitchcock, 327–43. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Setting the Stage: Vietnamese Revolutionary Nationalism and the First Vietnam War.” In The Columbia History of the Vietnam Wars, edited by David Anderson, 93–119. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

"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: 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, edited by Mark Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall, 16–40. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.

"The Imperial and the Postcolonial." In Palgrave Advances in International History, edited by P. Finney, 247–266. 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, edited by Marc Frey, Ronald W. Preussen, and Tan Tai Yong, 197–212. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003; and in A Companion to the Vietnam War, edited by Marilyn B.Young and Robert Buzzanco, 130–145. 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, edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai, 196–226. 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, edited by Christian G. Appy, 11–34. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000.