Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Geoffrey C. Stewart

- Assistant Professor

PhD, The University of Western Ontario
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84992
Email: gstewa4@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2237
Office Hours: Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 or by appointment

Research Interests

I am international historian whose research focuses on the United States in the World, situating America’s global engagement at the intersection of decolonization and the Cold War.

Teaching Philosophy

I see my role as an instructor primarily as a facilitator of learning. I provide my students with a basic road-map that clarifies difficult topics. Whenever possible, I integrate the latest material from my research into the classroom to provide my students with a cutting-edge learning experience. I encourage my students to process and evaluate material in a critical and meaningful manner that places the material into a larger context that is more relevant to them. This reflects my goals as an instructor: develop my students’ analytic skills, improve their ability to express ideas in both written and oral form, and encourage them to employ new ways to approach problems. Regardless of the career they choose, I believe such a skill-set is indispensable for success.

Major Research Projects

My book, Vietnam’s Lost Revolution: Ngô Đình Diệm’s Failure to Build and Independent Nation, will be out in early 2017. It is a multiarchival study of South Vietnamese president Ngô Đình Diệm’s ambitious civic action program. This program tasked government cadres with fomenting a national revolution to overcome the Republic of Vietnam’s underdevelopment—a legacy of the French imperial project in Indochina—and establish South Vietnam as a viable, independent noncommunist state.

Currently, I am working on two other research projects. The first is an examination of the relationship between the International Control Commission, the United States government and Ngô Đình Diệm between 1954 and 1963. My other project is a transnational history of development in noncommunist Southeast Asian states in the lead-up to the American War in Vietnam. It explores the dialogue among state and non-state actors about nation-building and modernity in Southeast Asia as they faced the challenge of building viable postcolonial states in a Cold War world. It aims to bridge the disciplinary gap between postcolonial theory and international history to examine how the global Cold War was conceived in Southeast Asia.


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