University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brett M. Reilly

Advisor: Alfred W. McCoy



I study the history of modern Southeast Asia, with a focus on Vietnam. My current research examines both the processes of state transformation in twentieth-century Vietnam and the dynamics of late-colonial collaboration and nationalism during Indochina’s decolonization. In addition, my work has touches on the international history of the Cold War and United States foreign policy in Southeast and East Asia.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
B.A., Bucknell University, 2010


  • Southeast Asian History

MA Title

  • “Alliance Politics and South Korean Participation in the Vietnam War”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The State of Vietnam (Quoc gia Viet Nam) and the origins of the Vietnamese civil war, 1945-1955”

Selected Publications

  • “The Sovereign States of Vietnam, 1945-55” Journal of Vietnamese Studies 11, n. 4 (Winter 2016).
  • Review of “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and Making of America’s Vietnam,” by Fredrik Logevall, Journal of Vietnamese Studies 11, n. 1 (Spring 2016).


  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow – 2015-16
  • Boren National Security Education Program Fellow – 2014-15

Professional Affiliation

  • Association of Asian Studies
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Society for Military History

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 201 – How do Empires End? Post-Imperial Japan
  • History 246 – Southeast Asian Refugees of the Cold War
  • History 319 – The Vietnam Wars

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 458 – History of Southeast Asia since 1800