Sarah Milov

Assistant Professor

Nau 435
Office Hours: Mondays, 10-12

Field & Specialties

Modern United States
Political and Social Movements
History of Capitalism
Legal History


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2013

M.A. Princeton University, 2009

B.A.  Harvard , 2007


I am a historian of the twentieth century United States. My work focuses on how organized interest groups and everyday Americans influence government policy and the terms of political debate. My current book project, entitled Smoke and Ashes: From Corporatism to Neoliberalism in Tobacco's Twentieth Century (forthcoming, Harvard University Press), is a history of tobacco in the twentieth century that places farmers, government officials, and citizen-activists at the center of the story. Rather than focusing exclusively on "Big Tobacco," Smoke and Ashes demonstrates how domestic and global cigarette consumption rose through the efforts of organized tobacco farmers and US government officials; and how it fell as a result of local government action spurred by the efforts of citizen-activists and activist lawyers. 

I've also begun a project that considers the relationship between gender and whistleblowing in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on occupational and environmental health. 



Smoke and Ashes: From Corporatism to Neoliberalism in Tobacco's Twentieth Century (Harvard, 2019). 



"Smoke Ring: From American Tobacco to Japanese Data," Osiris (October, 2018). 

"Smoking as Statecraft: Promoting American Tobacco Production and Global Cigarette Consumption, 1947–1970," Journal of Policy History 28, No. 4. (2016).

"Promoting Agriculture: Farmers, the State, and Checkoff Marketing, 1935-2005," Business History Review, 90, No. 3 (2016). 

Book Chapters 

"Clearing the Air: Donna Shimp v. AT&T," in Political History Unbound: Crisis and Continuity in 20th Century US Politics, Ed. Brent Cebul, Lily Geismer, Mason Williams (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)



Awards & Honors

Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California-San Francisco (Fall 2013)

Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows, Princeton University (2011-2012)


Courses Taught

HIUS 1501: Disasters in America from Cholera to Katrina

HIUS 1501: The United States through Tobacco

HIUS 3151: Moralizing, Modernizing and Mass Politics, US 1900-1945

HIUS 3171: United States Since 1945

HIUS 3559: United States in the 1970s

HIUS 4500/STS3500: Debating Science in Modern America

HIUS 4501: Eugenics 

HIUS 9021: United States in Transnational Perspective (Graduate Tutorial)

HIUS 9022: History of US Capitalism (Graduate Tutorial) 

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