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Karen K. Miller

assistant professor of the practice of history

Karen K. Miller

Telephone: (617) 552-0760

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S313



PhD, University of California Santa Barbara, 1986

Fields of Interest

Afro-American history; history of African-American women; American social history; history of higher education

Academic Profile

Professor Miller teaches Afro-American history and the history of Black women in the United States. She has also taught and done research in the areas of institutional and social policy. Her current project, "Black Studies in Higher Education: The California Experience, 1965-1985," treats the history of Black Studies within the context of twentieth-century higher education. She is also working on a series of articles concerning the intersection of gender, myth, and public policy. She has been a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard and has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation National Research Council and the University of Illinois.

Representative Publications

  • "Tacit Understandings and Practical Considerations: The Politics of Race and Gender in the Academy," in Black Women Scholars/Work and Struggle: Selected Papers from the 1994 Black Women in the Academy Conference (1995)
  • "Black Studies in California Higher Education," Peoples of Color in the West (1994)
  • "Race, Power and the Emergence of Black Studies in Higher Education," American Studies (1990)