David Milne

David Milne


  • 3.29 Arts

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Diplomatic History; Intellectual History; History of U.S. Foreign Relations.

Personal profile


David Milne is a historian of the United States. His first monograph America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War was published in 2008 by Hill and Wang and reviewed to acclaim in over thirty outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The National Interest, Diplomatic History and the American Historical Review. In 2011 the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times journalist Stephen Glain named America’s Rasputin one of his five “must-read” books on American militarism for thebrowser.com.

David’s second book was an intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the Spanish-American War to the present. Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and was reviewed to acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, Dallas Morning News, Foreign Affairs, and many other outlets. In 2016, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History selected Worldmaking as an "honorable mention" for its annual book prize.  

Dr. Milne is also a senior editor of the two volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (NY: OUP, 2013) and co-editor, with Christopher McKnight Nichols, of Ideology in US Foreign Relations: New Histories (NY: Columbia UP, 2022). He was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University in 2003, a senior fellow at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History in New York City in 2005, and a visiting fellow at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia in 2009. David has also secured funding from the John F. Kennedy Library, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, and was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in 2011. From 2021-22 he held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.

David is currently writing a biography of the trailblazing Chicago Tribune journalist, Sigrid Schultz. An ally to Gustav Stresemann, interviewer of Goering and Hitler, and prescient analyst of Nazism, Schultz overcame significant obstacles – as a woman in a male dominated milieu; as a foreign journalist working a totalitarian state; and as an interventionist at an isolationist newspaper – throughout a remarkable career. ' The British journalist Quentin Reynolds believed Schultz's incisive reporting for the Chicago Tribune made her 'Hitler’s greatest enemy.' The book is under contract with Oxford University Press.

In addition to the above, David’s research has appeared in The Journal of Military History, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, Diplomatic History, the International Journal, and the Historical Journal. David has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The NationForeign Policy, and The New Statesman. More information on David's work can be found at davidmilne.info

Key Research Interests

Biography; US history; intellectual history.

Key Responsibilities

Areas of Expertise

US foreign policy; Cold War; intellectuals and diplomacy.

Teaching Interests

David Milne teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on American politics and the history of its international relations. He would welcome applications from research students working in the fields of American foreign policy and history, political biography, and the way in which different knowledge-types inform diplomatic practice. Past and current PhD students have written on the Reagan presidency, US policy in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, the origins of the Powell Doctrine, and the progressive influence on the New Deal.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

External positions

External Examiner for the MPhil in American History, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 20151 Oct 2018