LECTURE: Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Profess or History and Professor of African-American Studies, Harvard University
Tacky's Revolt and the Coromantee Archipelago A New Cartography of Slave Revolt"
Thursday, January 30th, 4.15 PM, L01 Carson Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: 212 Carson Hall
Office Phone: (603) 646-1938
Fax: (603) 646-3353
Jennifer M. Miller offers courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations and the Cold War. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.
Professor Miller's main research interests are the early Cold War, U.S.-Japanese relations, and Pacific History. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Contested Alliance: the United States, Japan, and Democracy in the Cold War. This manuscript examines the U.S.-Japanese relationship in the years following the end of the U.S. occupation of Japan (1952 -1965). 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—Contested Alliance 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 and are forthcoming in Diplomatic History. In conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Miller is also the author of two oral history collections on the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
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