Priscilla Johnson McMillan is a historian and the author of three critically acclaimed books: The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Khrushchev and the...
Priscilla Johnson McMillan is a historian and the author of three critically acclaimed books: The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer; Khrushchev and the Arts:The Politics of Soviet Culture, 1962-1964; and Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald’s Assassination of John F. Kennedy. McMillan is known particularly for her work and expertise on U.S. nuclear arms policy, and for being the only person to have known both Lee Harvey Oswald and John F. Kennedy prior to Kennedy’s assassination. McMillan worked for JFK for a time in the mid 1950′s and had interviewed Oswald in Moscow when she was working as a journalist there and he attempted to defect to the Soviet Union in 1959. Known for her meticulous gathering and careful parsing of information from Cold War-era historical events, McMillan is the leading anti-conspiracy theorist among those who have written about the JFK assassination. McMillan received a McArthur Award in 1989 for Research and Writing.
She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr and a Masters of Russian Studies from Harvard University. McMillan is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.