Mark Atwood Lawrence is an Associate Professor of History and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor of American Foreign Relations at Williams College. He received his B.A. from Stanford in 1988, his M.A. from Stanford in 1989, and his doctorate from Yale in 1999. After teaching as a lecturer in history at Yale, he joined the History Department at UT-Austin in 2000. Since then, he has published two books, Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005) and The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (Oxford University Press, 2008). Lawrence is also co-editor of The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2007), a collection of essays about the 1946-1954 conflict. He is now at work on a study of U.S. policymaking toward the developing world in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Professor Lawrence teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in the history of U.S. foreign relations, national security policy, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. In 2005, he was awarded the President's Associates' Award for Teaching Excellence by UT-Austin.