Jennifer M. Miller

Assistant Professor of History

Jennifer M. Miller offers courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War, and World War II in the Pacific. She received her Ph.D. in the history of U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.  Her research examines U.S. foreign relations since 1945, especially the United States and Northeast Asia.  In particular, she focuses on the intersections between foreign policy and domestic ideas, ideologies, and political narratives; her work examines how new interactions between America and East Asia after World War II transformed both sides’ thinking about security, democratic order, citizenship, and economic vitality.

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410 Carson Hall


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. Wesleyan University

Selected Publications

  • Jennifer M. Miller, Cold War Democracy: the United States and Japan.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2019.

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “Let’s not be laughed at anymore: Donald Trump and Japan from the 1980s to the Present.”  Journal of American-East Asian Relations 25:2 (2018): 138 – 168.

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “Narrating Democracy: The Potsdam Declaration and Japanese Rearmament, 1945 – 1950” in Jeremi Suri and Hal Brands, ed. The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2015), 99 – 132.

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “Fractured Alliance: Anti-Base Protests and Postwar U.S.-Japanese Relations,” Diplomatic History 38:5 (November 2014): 953 – 986 [doi: 10.1093/dh/dht122].

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Works In Progress

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “Adam Smith’s Arthritis: Japan and Fears of American Decline” in Jonathan Hunt and Simon Miles ed., Reagan’s World: The Cold War and Beyond.  Currently under review.

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “U.S.-Japan Relations,” The Oxford Reference Encyclopedia in American History.

  • Jennifer M. Miller, “Building a Capitalist Consciousness: Japan and Visions of Capitalist Asia”