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The Vietnam War; U.S. Military Justice and Constitutional Law; War and Commemoration; The Representation of the History of Race and Slavery in Museums and Commemorative Sites; International Law and War Crimes; Oral History; Memory; Military Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PhD Supervision Interests

Patrick Hagopian would like to hear from potential doctoral students interested in projects involving Critical Studies of Museums and Memorials; Cultural and Social Memory; Twentieth-Century Cultural Politics; Military Justice and Human Rights Law; Cold War and Post-Cold War Military Discourses; and Representations of the History of Race and Slavery.

Current Teaching

HIST 256: The United States and the Vietnam War

HIST 257: After Vietnam: Remembering, Representing and Refighting the ?Bad War?

HIST 366: The Politics of Memory: The Contested Past in Museums, Monuments, and Minds

Career Details

After obtaining his BA in American Studies at Sussex University, Hagopian did his post-graduate work in the United States, where he studied Communications (MA, Pennsylvania) and History (PhD, Johns Hopkins). He then took up a postdoctoral fellowship in American Material Culture at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, before returning to teach American Studies in Britain.

Research Interests

Patrick Hagopian's research interests are in American memory: the representation of the past in museums and public monuments, popular expressions of the past in oral histories, and the intersection between individual memory and communal representations of the past.

His book titled The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing was published by the University of Massachusetts Press (2009). The book was a Choice "outstanding academic title" for 2009 and was an honorable mention in the 2010 American Studies Network Book Prize awarded by the European Association for American Studies.

"Hagopian . . . offers a particularly telling critique of the 'apolitical' healing and reconciliation themes associated with the [Vietnam Veterans M]emorial, arguing cogently that this result was achieved at the cost of avoiding, forgetting, or covering up many of the most important aspects of the war . . . . This is among the most important books on the Vietnam War published in the last decade." Choice, December 2009.

"Patrick Hagopian has written a wonderful book. . . . The research in Hagopian's study is wide-ranging and impressive, and a number of the issues he examines, such as his analysis of the much-under-studied Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, clearly sets his book apart from other excellent works on postwar memory and commemoration." The Public Historian, February 2010.

"Combining history, cultural analysis and heritage studies, this erudite analysis is steeped in thorough primary source research. In particular, we were impressed with the way the author dissects historical representations of the past as part and parcel of efforts to perpetuate historical amnesia." American Studies Network Book Prize committee, March 2010.

Hagopian's research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Smithsonian Institution, the American Historical Association, the US Air Force Historical Research Agency, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the British Academy, and the Arts and Humanities Research Board. His other publications include "The 'Lessons' of the Vietnam War" in Max Friedman and Padraig Kenney, Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics (Palgrave, 2005); "Vietnam War Photography as Locus of Memory," in Annette Kuhn and Kirsten McAllister, Locating Memory: Photographic Acts (Berghahn Books, 2006); "Interchange: Legacies of the Vietnam War" (co-author), Journal of American History Vol. 93, no. 2 (September 2006); "The Abu Ghraib Photographs and the State of America: Defining Images" in Louise Purbrick, Jim Aulich and Graham Dawson, ed., Contested Spaces: Sites, Representations and Histories of Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); and "The 'Frustrated Hawks,' Tet 1968, and the Transformation of American Politics," European Journal of American Studies (2008) special issue on May 1968, [http://ejas.revues.org/document7193.html].

His current projects include articles in progress on the Korean War Veterans Memorial; the United States and the laws of war from Toth v. Quarles (1955) to the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act; and counterinsurgency and the lessons of the Vietnam War. His next monograph is a project on oral narratives of the Vietnam War, contracted for publication with the University of Massachusetts Press.

He particularly welcomes applications from research students interested in the Vietnam War; politics, conflict, and memory; and public representations of the international history of race and slavery.

2013

American Immunity: War Crimes and the Limits of International Law

Hagopian, P. 2013 Amherst, Mass: University of Massachusetts Press. 280 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

The Korean War Veterans Memorial and Problems of Representation

Hagopian, P. 1/12/2012 In: Public Art Dialogue. 2, 2, p. 215-253 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

The Vietnam War in American memory: Veterans, Memorials and the Politics of Healing

Hagopian, P. 2009 Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press. 568 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

The ‘Frustrated Hawks,’ Tet 1968, and the Transformation of American Politics

Hagopian, P. 2008 In: European Journal of American Studies. n/a, Special issue, p. n/a 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

'The Abu Ghraib Photographs and the State of America: Defining Images'.

Hagopian, P. 2007 Contested Spaces: Representation and the Histories of Conflict. New York: Palgrave Press, 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Interchange: Legacies of the Vietnam War

Hagopian, P., Anderson, D., Appy, C., Bradley, M. P., Brigham, R. K., Engelmann, T., Huynh, L. D. & Young, M. B. 09/2006 In: Journal of American History. 93, 2, p. 452-490 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Vietnam War Photography as a Locus of Memory.

Hagopian, P. 2006 Locating Memory: Photographic Acts. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 201 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

The 'Lessons' of the Vietnam War.

Hagopian, P. 2005 Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics. New York: Palgrave Press, 167 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

America's Offspring: Infanticide and the Iconography of Race and Gender in Commemorative Statuary of the Vietnam War.

Hagopian, P. 1/01/2002 In: Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies. 26, p. 537-574 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

The Commemorative Landscape of the Vietnam war.

Hagopian, P. 2001 Places of commemoration: search for identity and landscape design. Wolschke-Bulmahn, J. (ed.). Washington D. C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, p. 311-375 65 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Voices from Vietnam: Veterans' Oral Histories in the Classroom.

Hagopian, P. 09/2000 In: Journal of American History. 87, 2, p. 593-601 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Race and the Politics of Public History in the United States.

Hagopian, P. 1998 Keep your head to the sky: interpreting African American home ground. Gundaker, G. (ed.). Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, p. 273-293 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1991

Oral Narratives: Secondary Revision and the Memory of the Vietnam War.

Hagopian, P. 1991 In: History Workshop Journal. 32, 1, p. 134-150 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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