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About Marla R. Miller

My primary research interest is U.S. women's work before industrialization, and I have just published a new book that I am especially excited about: a scholarly biography of that most-misunderstood early American craftswoman, Betsy Ross. For more on Betsy Ross and the Making of America (Holt, 2009) please go to
My first book, the Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution, appeared from the University of Massachusetts Press in August 2006, and won the Costume Society of America's Millia Davenport Publication Award for the best book in the field for that year. Related articles have appeared in the New England Quarterly (1998), the proceedings of the Dublin Seminar on New England Folklife (2000), and the William and Mary Quarterly (2003). I am presently completing work on a microhistory of women and work in Federal Massachusetts, and a short biography of 18th-century gownmaker Rebecca Dickinson.
In addition to course on the era of the American Revolution, as Director of the History Department's Public History Program I also offer courses in Public History, American Material Culture, and Museum and Historic Site Interpretation, and continue to consult with a wide variety of museums and historic sites.


Present Director, Public History Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Professor, Department of History, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2014-15 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award

Contact Information

Herter Hall, Rm 614
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-545-6791


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