James A. Miller
Professor of English and American Studies & Director of the Center for the Study of Public History and Culture
In Memorium: James A. Miller
Dr. James A. Miller, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, English, and Africana Studies, passed away on June 19th, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Jim was a beloved faculty member and mentor whose work focused on twentieth century African American cultural politics, including explorations of literature, film, and music. His Ph.D. dissertation on the works of Richard Wright fostered a long-standing interest in the relationship between social and political movements and African American cultural production, and Jim wrote extensively about individual African American writers, about film, and about African American music.
A recent remembrance of Jim in GWToday by Julyssa Lopez captures the tremendous impact he had on our community. Excerpts of the article can be found below, and the entire In Memorium piece can be found on the GW Today website.
Dr. Miller was an intellectual force and mentor in English and American Studies departments.
Dr. Miller directed or served on the committee of the following recent dissertations:
“Rites of Identity and Stages of Postcolonial Consciousness in Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments" (Howard University)
“’Let it Be Really New’: The Early New Masses and Nativist Discourse”
“Flight to San Francisco: Bay Area Literature and Multiculturalism”
“’No Deed But Memory’: Slavery in the American Cultural Imagination”
“’You Factory Folks Who Sing This Song Will Surely Understand’: Cultural Representations in the Gastonia Novels of Myra Page, Grace Lumpkin and Olive Dargan”
“Performative Politics in Chicago: The Black Arts Movement, Women Writers, and Visions of Nation and Identity”
“Mob Stories: Race, Nation and Narratives of Racial Violence”