Heather Stur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History

Fullbright Scholar in Vietnam, 2013-14

U.S. foreign relations; women, gender, and war; global Cold War; comparative colonialisms; decolonization; Vietnam War; modern Vietnamese history; warfare and diplomacy; war and American identity; American experience in the Cold War


Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, Cambridge University Press, 2011

After the Fall of Saigon: From Liberation to the Reunification of Vietnam (work in progress)

Saigon Intellectuals and South Vietnam’s National Identity (work in progress)

Edited Collections

A Military Like Us: Race, Gender, and Sexual Preference in the U.S. Armed Forces since World War II (with Douglas Bristol, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press)

Coming Home: American Veterans after Their Wars, 1607-2012 (with Kyle Zelner, work in progress)


“Selective Service as the New Jim Crow: Racial Politics and the Vietnam Era Draft in the South,” (work in progress, intend to submit to the Journal of American History)

“‘Hiding Behind the Humanitarian Label’: Refugees, Repatriates, and the Rebuilding of America’s Benevolent Image After the Vietnam War,” accepted for publication in Diplomatic History, publication date TBA (Diplomatic History article acceptance rate: 16%)

“A Wartime City or a Colonial City? Saigon and the Nature of U.S. Intervention in Vietnam,” revising for publication in the Journal of Urban History

“Finding Meaning in Manhood After the War: Gender and the Warrior Myth in Springsteen’s
Vietnam War Songs,” Dancing in the Dark: Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream, ¬Mark Bernhard, Kenneth Womack, and Jerry Zolten, eds. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2012

“The Women’s Army Corps Goes to Vietnam,” America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation, edited by Andrew Wiest, Mary Kathryn Barbier, and Glenn M. Robbins, Routledge Press, 2009

“Borderless Troubadour: Bob Dylan and the Music of the Cold War World,” Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan from Minnesota to the World, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009

“Perfume and Lipstick in the Boonies: Red Cross SRAO and the Vietnam War,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, Vol. 1, No. 2, December 2008

“In Service and in Protest: Black Women and the Impact of the Vietnam War on American Society,” Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era, edited by Samuel W. Black, Stackpole Books (Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania), November 2006

“‘Now You’re Not Playing Games’: Oral Histories of Wisconsin Veterans,” Milwaukee History, Fall 2005