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 U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

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Professor Miller's main research interest is the history of U.S. foreign relations, especially U.S.-East Asian relations in the second half of the twentieth century. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan, 1945 - 1963. This manuscript examines the development of the U.S.-Japanese relationship from the end of World War II to Japan's economic resurgence in the early 1960s. Challenging U.S. and Japanese policymakers’ long celebration of this alliance as a smooth, democratic “partnership,” it examines how democracy was a source of both connection and, more importantly, tension in this relationship. Building on the U.S. occupation of Japan, U.S. policymakers hoped to root this alliance in democratic legitimacy and elevate the U.S.-Japanese alliance as a model for other Asian states. In contrast, many Japanese drew on the recent experience of war and occupation to frame the U.S.-Japanese alliance—and the Japanese government’s support of it—as a deep violation of postwar Japanese democracy. Looking at diverse American and Japanese actors—diplomats and students, labor activists, philanthropists, and intellectuals—Cold War Democracy rethinks the U.S.-Japanese alliance as the product of competing visions of democracy in the Cold War.

Portions of this research have been published in the Journal of Contemporary History, Diplomatic History, and in an edited volume entitled The Power of the Past. The author of two oral history collections on the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Professor Miller is also a faculty leader of the Dartmouth Vietnam Project.

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

Selected Publications

Jennifer M. Miller, "Narrating Democracy: The Potsdam Declaration and Japanese Rearmanent" in Jeremi Suri and Hal Brands, ed. The Power of the Past (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press,  2015).

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].

Jennifer M. Miller, “The Struggle to Rearm Japan: Negotiating the Cold War State in U.S.-Japanese Relations,” Journal of Contemporary History 46:1 (January 2011): 82 – 108.

Works in Progress

Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan, 1945 - 1965  (Book manuscript)

“Adam Smith’s Arthritis: Japan and Fears of American Decline,” invited contribution for an edited volume Reagan’s World: The Cold War and Beyond.

“Donald Trump and Japan,” invited contribution for a special issue of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.

“U.S.-Japanese Relations from Perry to the Present” in The Oxford Reference Encyclopedia in American History.