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About Cecilia Miller

Cecilia Miller is a European intellectual historian, and has taught at Wesleyan University in Connecticut since 1991. She won the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan in 2002. She was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, in Germany, from 1996-1997, and she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Columbia University, 1989-1991. Cecilia Miller received her D.Phil. in Modern History from Balliol College, University of Oxford, in 1988. Her doctoral supervisor was Sir Isaiah Berlin. Her doctoral thesis was published as Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge (London: Macmillan, 1993). Miller is currently writing a book on Enlightenment and Political Fiction.
Miller has given many talks from her current book manuscript. These talks include “Renzo, the Failed Revolutionary, in Alessandro Manzoni’s I promessi sposi,” for Yale University’s Department of Italian on October 12, 2006; “Candide in European Intellectual History: Uniforms, Monkeys, and Ravenous Women,” for the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Culture on November 16, 2006; “Don Quixote Reconsidered: Sancho Panza on Good Government and the Origins of the Market Economy,” for New York University’s Department of Economics Colloquium on Market Institutions and Processes on January 29, 2007; and “Matriarchy and Meritocracy in Gulliver’s Travels: Plato’s Republic as Swiftian Ur-Text,” at the Harvard Humanities Seminar in 18th Century Studies at the Barker Humanities Center at Harvard University on April 4, 2008.
Cecilia Miller was born in Los Angeles. She grew up in Manila, Philippines; Lahore, Pakistan; New Delhi, India; and Singapore. In connection with her research, she has lived in Paris, France; St. Andrews, Scotland; Trieste, Italy; Oxford, England; Munich and Berlin, Germany; and Madrid, Spain.


Present Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University
Present Co-Chair, College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University
Present Tutor, College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University

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