Matthew Herrera

Matthew Herrera is a doctoral student in U.S. history who is originally from Los Angeles, CA. He is primarily interested in the diplomatic and cultural history of the United States during the twentieth century. His research mainly focuses on the relationship between American war-making and its effect on rural populations. He is also interested in environmental history, focusing on the relationship between landscapes and memory. He earned a Bachelors in History from Humboldt State University and a Masters in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While in attendance at UMass he completed a master’s thesis titled “An Eerie Jungle Filled with Dragonflies, Sniper Bullets, and Ghosts: Changing Perceptions of Vietnam and the Vietnamese through the Eyes of American Troops.”