James Millward

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James Millward, PhD

  • Visiting Scholar at APARC, 2021-2022
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James A. Millward 米華健 joined the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) as visiting scholar with the China Program for the 2022 winter quarter. He is Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he teaches Qing, Chinese, Central Asian and world history. He occasionally also teaches in the program of the Máster Oficial en Estudios de Asia Oriental at the University of Granada, Spain.  Millward is the academic editor for the "Silk Roads" book series published by Chicago University Press. 

Millward’s specialties include Qing empire; the silk road; Eurasian lutes and music in history; and historical and contemporary Xinjiang.  He follows and comments publicly on current issues regarding Xinjiang, the Uyghurs and other Xinjiang indigenous peoples and PRC ethnicity policy.  His publications include Eurasian Crossroads: a history of Xinjiang (2021; 2007); The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (2013); New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde (2004); and Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in Qing Central Asia (1998); as well as the album Songs for this Old Heart (recorded with the band By & By).

Jim's general audience articles and op-eds on contemporary China are published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books,  and other media.  He has appeared on the PBS Newshour, All Things Considered, Al Jazeera, i24 News, the Sinica Podcast and other broadcast programs and networks. 

Email:  millwarj@georgetown.edu | Twitter: @JimMillward

In The News


Unpacking the Crisis in Xinjiang: James Millward on China's Assimilationist Policies and U.S.-China Engagement

APARC Visiting Scholar James Millward discusses PRC ethnicity policy, China's crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang province, and the implications of the Xinjiang crisis for U.S. China strategy and China's international relations.
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