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    Sean McLaughlin, Lecturer

    Office location: Laurentide 5230
    Phone: (262) 472-1127


    B.A. Honours History (2001) - Carleton University (Ottawa, ON)

    M.A. Modern History (2002) - University of Leeds (England)

    PhD (2010) - The University of Western Ontario (London, ON)


    Ignoring ‘Nosey Charlie’: the Kennedy administration’s rejection of French efforts to broker peace in Vietnam, 1961-1963 (monograph in progress for The University Press of Kentucky).

    Co-authored with with Jie Gao, “Bangqiu: MLB’s Role in Baseball’s Comeback in the People’s Republic of China,” The International Journal of the History of Sport. Vol. 31, No. 19 (January 2015).

    Co-authored with with Jie Gao, “Brushed Past: US-CCP Relations, 1941-45,” Yonsei Journal of International Studies. Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2014).

    “De Gaulle’s Peace Program for Vietnam: the Kennedy Years,” Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. Vol. 36, No. 2 (April 2011): pp. 218-261.


    Broadly, I do 20th Century American history, with an emphasis on American foreign relations and the Vietnam War.  I also have strong interests in both modern France and China.

    My current book project looks at why John F. Kennedy didn't take good advice from France on the conflict raging in South Vietnam--avoid being drawn into Saigon's war in favour of a diplomatic solution aimed at turning Vietnam into a Cold War neutral--that would've prevented the loss of over 58,000 American lives, millions of Vietnamese deaths, the waste of over $100 billion on a losing war effort, and massive damage to American prestige.  I argue that Kennedy made this fateful error in part because he had taken to many unflattering stereotypes of the French over the years that ultimately led him to discount Paris as an advice giver within the Atlantic alliance once he had become president.



    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


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    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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