Professor of History Receives Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Gregory A. Daddis will teach and lecture at Oxford-Pembroke College in the United Kingdom 

By Leslie L.J. Reilly

Gregory A. Daddis

Gregory A. Daddis, history professor, director of the Center for War and Society, and USS Midway Chair in Modern U.S. Military History, understands America’s relationship to war. He served more than 25 years in the U.S. Army before entering academia. 

A leading scholar on the Cold War, Vietnam, and U.S. foreign policy, he has written numerous books, essays, and articles, and currently teaches on the relationships between war and society at San Diego State University.

Daddis received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to the United Kingdom by The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach and lecture on the topic of America’s experience with the Cold War and the post WWII-era.

About learning of the award, Daddis said, “I am tremendously excited and honored to have the chance to represent the university in Europe and looking forward to sharing my scholarship.”

He has done extensive work on British influences regarding American counterinsurgency theory and practice during the Cold War era. “I have conducted archival research on the British Advisory Mission in Vietnam and written on the influence that advisors like Sir Robert Thompson had on the Johnson and Nixon administrations as the United States was seeking some semblance of victory in Vietnam,” Daddis said.

As a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Oxford-Pembroke in spring 2023, Daddis looks forward to engaging with UK students and faculty who are examining the relationships between the United States and Great Britain during the long Cold War era. He hopes to promote an enduring educational exchange and elucidate on a topic of international significance.

Daddis will collaborate with internationally recognized scholars at Pembroke College’s Department of Politics and International Relations. In addition, he will facilitate long-term institutional connections between the SDSU Center for War and Society and Pembroke's Changing Character of War Centre. “Both of these academic programs explore how and why societies go to war, experience war, and deal with war's consequences,” Daddis said. “For me, expanding one's worldview is a critical component of education.” 

The Fulbright Scholarship allows Daddis to build bridges across cultural divides to embolden SDSU’s commitment to worldwide academic partnerships and important research.