Andrew A. Wiest
University Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Center for War and Society
Dr. Andrew Wiest was born in Chicago, but raised in Hattiesburg. After attending the University of Southern Mississippi for his undergraduate and masters degrees, Dr. Wiest went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1990. Specializing in the study of World War I and Vietnam, Dr. Wiest has served as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Warfighting Strategy in the United States Air Force Air War College. In 2011-2012 Dr. Wiest held the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professorship in the Humanities. Since 1992 Dr. Wiest has been active in international education, leading a study abroad program on World War II to London and Normandy each summer, and developing the award-winning Vietnam Study Abroad Program. Dr. Wiest lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Jill and their three children Abigail, Luke, and Wyatt.
Dr. Wiest has several publications to his credit including:
The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam, Osprey Press, September 2012. Learn more about The Boys of '67 at the book's blog.
Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN, New York University Press, December 2007.
Haig: The Evolution of a Commander, Potomac Press, June 2005. Great Commanders Series, Dennis Showalter General Editor.
Atlas of World War II (Co-authored with David Jordan), Barnes and Noble, September 2004.
The Vietnam War, 1959-1975, Osprey Press, October 2002. Essential History Series. Professor Robert O’Neill General Editor.
Infantry Warfare: The Theory and Practice of Infantry Combat in the Twentieth Century (Co-authored with M.K. Barbier)MBI Publishing, October 2002.
The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima (Co-authored with Gregory Louis Mattson) MBI Publishing, October 2001. Campaigns of World War II Series.
The Illustrated History of World War I, Grange Books, August 2001.
The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, (Co-authored with Chris McNabb) Thunder Bay Press, October 2000.
Passchendaele and the Royal Navy, Greenwood Press, March 1995. Contributions in Military Studies Series.
Dr. Wiest’s edited and other works include:
Triumph Revisited: Historians Battle for the Vietnam War (Co-edited with Michael Doidge), Routledge Press, April 2010.
America and the Vietnam War: Re-Examining the Culture and History of a Generation (Co-edited with Glenn Robins and Mary Kathryn Barbier), Routledge Press, December 2009.
Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited, Osprey Press, September 2006.
War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Combat, (Co-edited with Geoffrey Jensen) New York University Press, May 2001. The World of War Series. Dennis Showalter General Editor.
Dr. Wiest has also published several articles and book chapters including:
“Preferring to Learn from Experience: The AEF in 1917,” a chapter in Peter Dennis and Jeffrey Grey (eds.), 1917: Tactics, Training and Technology, Proceedings of the 2007 Chief of Army's Military History Conference, Australian Military History Publications, 2007.
“Dying of Thirst in the Middle of the Ocean: The Failures of the Allied Logistic System in the Vietnam War,” Mars and Clio; The Newsletter of the British Commission for Military History (In association with the Security Studies Institute, Cranfield University), Number 20, Autumn, 2007.
“An American War?” A chapter in Andrew Wiest, ed., Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited, Osprey, September 2006.
“An Innovative Vietnam Study Abroad Course with History Students and Veterans,” Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Volume IX, Fall 2003. (Co-authored with Raymond Scurfield and Leslie Root)
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Legacy of War,” (Co-authored with Leslie Root and Raymond Scurfield) a chapter in Jensen and Wiest, War in the Age of Technology, New York University Press, May 2001.
“The Western Front, 1914-1918,” a chapter in Simon Trew and G.D. Sheffield, One Hundred and One Years of Conflict, Sutton, April 2001.
"The Planned Amphibious Assault," a chapter in Peter Liddle, Passchendaele in Perspective, 201-214, Pen and Sword, August 1997.
"Haig, Gough and Passchendaele," a chapter in G.D. Sheffield, Command and Leadership in War, 77-92, Brassey's, July 1997.
Dr. Wiest has presented his research at conferences and at invited talks both nationally and internationally, served as lead historical advisor to the Lou Reda production of Vietnam in HD, has appeared on several documentaries for the History Channel, Granada Television and Lucasfilms, and has served as a commentator on military events for national news outlets including CNN, the BBC, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In his twenty years at the University of Southern Mississippi Dr. Wiest has taught a broad range of courses. At present his course offerings habitually include both halves of the World Civilization survey course, the Vietnam War, World War I, Military History, and graduate seminars in War and Society.