Dr Pete Millwood

Dr Pete Millwood

LSE Teaching Fellow

Department of International History

+44 (0)20 7955 7112
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Office Hours
Tuesday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
English, Mandarin
Key Expertise
Chinese International History; Transnational History; US-China Relations

About me

Dr Pete Millwood's research is on the international and transnational history of the Chinese world during the Cold War. His first book-length project is a transnational history of the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s, with the working title Below the Summit: How Physicists, Acrobats, and Seismologists Remade U.S.-China Relations, 1969–1978. Dr Millwood teaches the international history of East Asia and the history of the Cold War.

Dr Millwood first came to LSE as an undergraduate student in International History. After graduating from that degree, he went to St Antony's College, Oxford to begin his graduate study in Chinese and East Asian history, receiving a master's degree and then his doctorate. He learnt Chinese on a government scholarship at National Taiwan University's ICLP programme and completed his doctoral fieldwork in Chinese and US archives through fellowships at Peking University and the US Library of Congress. Since receiving his DPhil degree, Dr Millwood has held postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford's Rothermere American Institute and Tsinghua University's Schwarzman College.

Expertise Details

Chinese International History; Transnational History; US-China Relations



Journal articles

• ‘(Mis)Perceptions of Domestic Politics in the U.S.-China Rapprochement’ (Diplomatic History, available online, print version forthcoming 2019)

• ‘An “Exceedingly Delicate Undertaking”: Sino-American Science Diplomacy, 1966–78’ (Journal of Contemporary History, forthcoming)


• Below the Summit: How Physicists, Acrobats, and Seismologists Remade U.S.-China Relations, 1969–1978 (in preparation)

Book chapters

• ‘A Source of Vernacular Knowledge or a Final Frontier for Globalized Science? U.S. Perceptions of Chinese Science, 1971–1978’, in Technological Innovation and the Spread of Globalization in the Cold War, ed. Peter Svik and Wolfgang Mueller (invited chapter in volume under consideration with Stanford University Press)

• ‘From Greene’s Curtain of Ignorance to Leys’s Chinese Shadows: How Americans Learned to Love China Again’, in China by the Book, ed. Charles W. Hayford (invited chapter in edited volume)

Edited volume

• Co-editor, Encyclopedia of the Cold War. Revised and digital second edition. New York; London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Book reviews

Review of Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life. By Alexander Pantsov with Steven Levine. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Journal of Contemporary History, 54:1 (January 2019)

Review of Forgotten Vanguard: Informal Diplomacy and the Rise of United States-China Trade, 1972-1980. By Christian Talley. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018. H-Diplo, Roundtable Review, Volume XX, No. 17 (2018)

Review of The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination. By Robeson Taj Frazier. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2015. In History, 102: 164–166 (January 2017)

Review of Unwanted Visionaries: The Soviet Failure in Asia at the End of the Cold War. By Sergey Radchenko. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013. In The Asian Review of Books (May 2014)


• ‘LeBron James didnʼt need to apologize to China for NBA tweets’, Made by History, 18 October 2019.

‘The Trump-Kim Lovefest Isn’t Actually Unusual’The Diplomat, 8 March 2019

‘Why Donald Trump should read up on Richard Nixon before North Korea summit’The Conversation, 14 March 2018


Awards and grants

  • 2017: Highly Commended seminar teacher in LSE International History Department
  • 2017: Highly Commended in category of ‘Sharing Subject Knowledge’ in LSE Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards
  • 2015: UK Research Council Visiting Fellowship, held at Kluge Center, Library of Congress
  • 2014–15: Chinese Government Scholarship, held at Peking University
  • 2016: Oxford History Faculty Bryce Research studentship for fourth year of doctoral study
  • 2013–16: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentship
  • 2012–13: Taiwanese government Huayu Scholarship, for language training at National Taiwan University
  • 2011: Graduated with Distinction in MSt Global & Imperial History at St Antony’s College, Oxford
  • 2010: Graduated top of a class of 50 students, with First Class Honours, in BA History at LSE