Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

Research Interest


Ph.D. – Yale University, 2008
B.A. – University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Interests and Research

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, specializes in the Vietnam War, U.S.-Southeast Asian relations, and the global Cold War. Professor Nguyen is currently working on a comprehensive history of the 1968 Tet Offensive for RandomHouse. She is the general editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, 3 vols., as well as co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations.


  • The Vietnam War
  • The United States and East Asia
  • The Wars for Indochina
  • Southeast Asia & the World


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Grant, 2016.
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture Prize, 2015.
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize, 2013.
  • Society for Military History Edward M. Coffman Prize for best military history manuscript, 2012.
  • Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Postdoctoral Fellow in Grand Strategy, International Security Studies, Yale University, 2009-2010.
  • International Seminar on Decolonization Fellow, National History Center, American Historical Association, Summer 2009.
  • John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow for Military History and Strategy, International Security Studies, Yale University, 2008-2009.
  • John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies Pre-doctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2005-2006.
  • Center for International Security and Cooperation Pre-doctoral Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, 2004-2005.


  • Member, Editorial Board, The Journal of Vietnam Studies
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Studies Security Forum
  • Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Member, Association of Asian Studies



Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

Tet 1968: The Battles that Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War (New York: Random House, 2018).

Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, 3 vols. (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Scholarly Articles

“Revolutionary Circuits: Toward Internationalizing America in the World,” Diplomatic History 39, Issue 3 (June 2015): 411-422.

“1968: Negotiating While Fighting or Just Fighting?” in Eds. Pierre Journoud and Cécile Menétrey-Monchau, Vietnam, 1968-1976: Exiting a War (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2011).

“The Vietnam Decade: The Global Shock of the War,” in Eds. Niall Ferguson, Charles Maier, Erez Manela, and Daniel Sargent, Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010).

“Waging War on All Fronts: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Vietnam War, 1969-1972” in Eds. Fredrik Logevall and Andrew Preston, Nixon in the World: American Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

“Cold War Contradictions: Toward an International History of the Second Indochina War, 1969-1973” in Eds. Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn B. Young, Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Local, National and Transnational Perspectives (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

“Sino-Vietnamese Split in the Post-Tet War in Indochina, 1968-1975” in Eds. Sophie Quinn-Judge and Odd Arne Westad, The Third Indochina War: Conflict between China, Vietnam and Cambodia, 1972-1979 (London: Routledge Press, 2006).

“Vietnamese Perceptions of the French-Indochina War” in Eds. Fredrik Logevall and Mark Lawrence,Indochina in the Balance: New Perspectives on the First Vietnam War.  (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006).

“The War Politburo: Vietnam’s Diplomatic and Political Road to the Tet Offensive,”Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1, nos. 1-2 (February/August 2006).