Edwin Martini

Edwin Martini

Edwin Martini

Dr. Edwin Martini
Professor of History
Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Maryland (2004)
20th Century United States, Political, Diplomatic, Cultural

Office: (269) 387-4202
Web page

4453 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

I am currently serving full-time as Associate Dean of Extended University Programs. I will not be offering regular courses while serving EUP. For courses I previously taught, you can visit my courses page. I will not be taking on new graduate students at this time, but am able to sit on committees for other students in the program.

My research explores the intersections of diplomatic, political, military, and environmental history, with an emphasis on the global legacies of U.S. warfare and militarism. My current book project explores the military, political, and cultural history of napalm. Moving beyond the Vietnam War, this book will examine the use of napalm by the United States in World War Two, Korea, and elsewhere, and its proliferation in other countries’ arsenals as well. I also serve as the co-editor, with Christian Appy, of the University of Massachusetts book series, "Culture, Politics, and the Cold War."

Selected Publications
Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).

Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975-2000 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007).

Edited Collections:
Proving Grounds: Weapons Testing, Militarized Landscapes, and the Environmental Consequences of American Empire (University of Washington Press, forthcoming, 2015).

Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War, co-edited with Scott Laderman, (Duke University Press, 2013).

Recent Articles:
"Hearts, Minds, and Herbicides: The Politics of the Chemical War in Vietnam," Diplomatic History 37, no. 1 (January 2013), 58-84.

“Incinerating Agent Orange: Operations Pacer IVY, Pacer HO, and the Rise of Environmentalist Thinking,” The Journal of Military History 76, no. 3 (July 2012), 809-836.

For more on my teaching, research, and service, visit my personal page:


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax