About Administrator

I am an associate professor of U.S. history at Brooklyn College.

Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study


Veterans Oral History Project IRB File # 2018-1058

This is an oral history research project focused on U.S. military veterans.

The purpose of this research is to:
1. Record, preserve and present to the public the memories of military veterans
2. Understand and interpret the long-term impact military service has had on veteran’s lives

At this time, I seek to interview women who deployed to a combat zone and took photographs.

I would like to interview you and talk about the photos you took.

The interview can take place in any location you are comfortable. It can be conducted over the telephone.

The interview will be open-ended but is not expected to last more than two hours.

You may end the interview at any time. There are no direct benefits to you for your participation in this research study.

If you agree to participate,
you will become a named author on the study.

To learn more about this research, contact:

Prof. Philip F. Napoli


1123a Boylan Hall Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210

My Fall 2020 Course

HIST. 4200 Oral History Theory & Practice
Course Code: 5182
Tuesday and Thursday 6:05 PM-7:45 PM
For course permission, email Philip.napoli@gmail.com

This course is an investigation in to the processes and procedures of oral history, and the ways this technique can be employed in the study of history. Together we will learn how to conduct interviews and create appropriate archival records about them and discuss the various ways oral testimony can be used.

Because oral history is a technique, this is a project-based course in which you will be learning theory and method, not “facts” about a particular time or place. Additionally, this is a ‘hands-on’ course. You learn by reading, certainly, but also by doing.

You will design and run your own oral history project and create a presentation that demonstrates your skill at collecting, interpreting and sharing oral history. The assignments along the way are designed to move you toward that goal by having you read, think and write about both about oral history broadly and about the particular oral histories you collect.

John Jay African American Military History Luncheon

Today I am speaking at John Jay College, stepping in on behalf of my good friend Anthony Wallace. Wallace was the scheduled speaker but he is ill. This is the Annual African-American Military Heritage Luncheon.

Wallace served as a sergeant in 1st Cav Division of the United States Army in Vietnam in 1970. He was wounded April 15, almost 50 years ago.

#vietnamwar #militaryhistory

Guest Lecturer

On 2/18, I gave a guest lecture in Emily Horowitz’s class @StFranciscollege. An engaged bunch of students. I loved having two Vietnam veterans in the class with us! Thank you for this opportunity and privilege!

Reader Mail

I don’t often receive email about Bringing It All Back Home, so when I do, it is a treat. I found this in my Facebook messages this morning:

“Good Morning Phil, So I thought I had read “Bringing it all Back Home”. I hadn’t, I was wrong. I finished it last night at about 2:00 AM. I found myself in your book, such commonalities as to be creepy. The event that stirred me to activism was the Welcome home parade for the Iranian hostages. I also went on a 25-year bender, drinking myself into oblivion nearly every night. I joined the VVAW and left because they became too radical. I “Found” VVA at a street fair in Queens I was covering for a local newspaper. Pat Toro recruited me. Clean and sober since 2003, I got really active in VVA. I still have nightmares (Sleeping and waking) but I’m in a group at the Vet Center that meets weekly. I thank you for writing “Bringing it All Back Home” and I’ll be telling others about it. If a Vietnam Veteran Can’t see himself in the book, he isn’t looking. Thanks once again.”