James A Millward




Faculty - SFS
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+1 202-687-6883


202 687-7245


618 ICC

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James A. Millward is Professor of Intersocietal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History, Georgetown University. He teaches a variety of classes on Chinese, Central Asian and world history at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests focus on China and Central Eurasia including Mongolia, Tibet and especially Xinjiang, as well as the silk road more generally. He has written extensively on the Qing empire, Xinjiang, the silk road, and is currently studying cross-cultural exchange in a history of lute-type instruments across the Eurasian silk road and the world. He has served on the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), as well as on the Executive Board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). He was president of CESS in 2010.

When not busy with teaching and research projects, Millward enjoys performing in the Washington DC area band "By & By" and spending time with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.


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  • Ph.D. (1993) Stanford, History
  • MA (1985) School of Oriental and African Studies,
  • BA (1983) Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations


  • Chinese (speak, read, write)
  • French (read)
  • Japanese (speak, read)
  • Russian (read)