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Professor of History, UMass Amherst

Christian Appy received his BA at Amherst College and his PhD at Harvard University (both in American Studies). He is best known for his books on the Vietnam War: a social history of American combat soldiers; a wide-ranging oral history from multiple perspectives (including accounts of Vietnamese and Americans combatants, policymakers, antiwar activists, journalists, etc.); and a history of the war’s impact on American national identity, culture, and foreign policy from the 1950s through the Obama administration.

He is currently working on a book about Daniel Ellsberg based largely on his papers, recently acquired by Special Collections & University Archives at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The working title is “Ellsberg’s Mutiny: War and Resistance in the Age of Vietnam, The Pentagon Papers, and Nuclear Terror."


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst