Sarah Milov

Assistant Professor


Nau 435
Office Hours: On Leave

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

Sarah Milov is a historian of the twentieth century United States. Her work focuses on how organized interest groups and everyday Americans seek to influence government policy and the terms of political debates. Her current book project, entitled Growing the Cigarette (under contract at 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," Growing the Cigarette 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. 



Peer Reviewed

"Smoking as Statecraft: Promoting American Tobacco Production and Global Cigarette Consumption, 1947–1970," Journal of Policy History 28, No. 4. (2016), 707-747. 

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

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



Sarah Milov and Sarah Seo, "Governor Shouldn't Sign Smoking Fine Bill," Richmond Times-Dispatch, 22 March 2016. 

Sarah Milov and Gabriel Rosenberg, "Back to school--or back to the fields?" The Hill, 11 August 2015.  

"Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes is Now," Christian Science Monitor, 9 January 2014. 



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 9021: United States in Transnational Perspective (Graduate Tutorial)

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