Theodore M. Hammett graduated from Harvard College in 1967 and served as a Marine officer in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He began working on HIV/AIDS projects in Vietnam in 1997 and lived in Hanoi for five years between 2008 and 2018. His memoir "Entwined with Vietnam: A Reluctant Marine’s Tour and Return" was published by McFarland in 2022. Hammett’s related work has appeared in the New York Times (“My Father’s War and Mine,” June 30, 2017) and The New Republic (with Erik Edstrom, “How Biden Can Transform America’s Foreign Policy,” March 16, 2021). He also published almost 50 papers in peer-reviewed public health journals. Hammett lives in a Vietnamese-style three-generation family household in Watertown, Massachusetts.