Edwin Martini

Edwin Martini

Edwin Martini

Dr. Edwin Martini
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Maryland (2004)
20th Century United States, Political, Diplomatic, Cultural

Office: (269) 387-4356
Web page

2314 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

I am currently serving full-time as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. I will not be offering regular courses while serving the college. For courses I previously taught, you can visit my courses page. I will not be taking on new graduate students at this time, but am able to sit on committees for other students in the program.

My research focuses on the intersections of diplomatic, political, military, and cultural history, with an emphasis on the history and global legacies of U.S. warfare. My current book project explores the military, political, and cultural history of napalm across time and space. Moving beyond the Vietnam War, this book will examine the use of napalm by the United States in World War Two, Korea, and elsewhere, and its proliferation in other countries’ arsenals as well. It will also examine the many cultural representations of napalm in the post-Vietnam war world.

Selected Publications
Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming, 2013).
Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).
Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975-2000 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).
"Hearts, Minds, and Herbicides: The Politics of the Chemical War in Vietnam," Diplomatic History 37, no. 1 (forthcoming, January 2013).
"Even We Can't Prevent Forests: The Chemical War in Vietnam and the Illusion of Control," War and Society 31, no. 3 (October, 2012), 264-79.
“Incinerating Agent Orange: Operations Pacer IVY, Pacer HO, and the Rise of Environmentalist Thinking,” The Journal of Military History 76, no. 3 (July 2012), 809-836.

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Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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