Col. (ret.) Gregory A. Daddis is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, has a MA from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He served for 26 years in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and served as the Command Historian to the U.S. Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) in Baghdad, Iraq. His final assignment in the army was as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.

Academically, Daddis specializes in Cold War history with an emphasis on the Vietnam War. He has authored five books, including his most recent with Cambridge University Press, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (2020), and a trilogy on the American war in Vietnam with Oxford University Press. Daddis worked as an official advisor for the 2017 Ken Burns-Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, and has led multiple tours to Vietnam for educational purposes. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Interest magazine. Before joining the History Department at SDSU, he directed the M.A. program in War and Society Studies at Chapman University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Vietnam War

  • Iraq Wars

  • Cold War history and policy

  • Social and cultural militarism

Recent News

    Twenty years on, listening to panels bringing together American and Iraqi perspectives of the 2003 war demonstrated that there remain, in emerging American narratives at least, two very different Iraq wars.
  • Gregory Daddis: On the Iraq War
    I think it’s time for us as Americans to start questioning the assumptions we have in war and stop placing so much faith in what war can achieve for us overseas.
  • Gregory Daddis: Russia & Ukraine War’s New Phase
    Policymakers making assumptions about the use of military force and how quickly that military force will achieve political objectives. We’ve seen over and over again how some of these assumptions are faulty.