Robert J. Thompson

Dr. Robert J. Thompson is an historian specializing in U.S. military history. Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2016. His area of expertise is the Vietnam War, with considerable attention on the relationship between conventional warfare and pacification. A proponent of province studies, he writes extensively about the Vietnam War as it unfolded in Phu Yen Province–exemplified by his dissertation “More Sieve Than Shield: the U.S. Army and CORDS in the Pacification of Phu Yen Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1965-1972.” Aside from writing for The Strategy Bridge, he is participating in a series on the Vietnam War in 1967 for the New York Times. He is a frequent presenter at annual meetings of the Society of Military History. Dr. Thompson is a former recipient of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives Silas Palmer Research Fellowship (2015), the U.S. Army Center for Military History Dissertation Fellowship (2015-2016), and the Society of Military History Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant (2016). No, he is not related to Sir Robert Thompson. Follow Dr. Thompson on Twitter @_RobThompson