Marla Miller joined the faculty of the History Department in 1999. A prizewinning historian of U.S. women, work, and material culture, Professor Miller has published four books, two edited collections, and numerous articles. As director of the Public History Program from 2002 to 2021, she brings to this new role more than twenty years of experience in program development and community engagement. She is an alumna of the 2019 HERS institute, and served as President of the National Council on Public History from 2018 to 2020. In her public history practice, as an educator and/or PI or co-PI on numerous grants and contracts, she has led on- and off-campus collaborations with a wide range of organizations, including local historical societies and commissions, a diverse array of museums and historic sites, a number of small and large scholarly and professional associations, and the National Park Service.
As Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Miller will advance collaborative efforts that align with goals articulated in the College’s Strategic Plan. Initial projects will include bringing to fruition a longstanding aim to create, in partnership with Historic Deerfield, a residential semester in the public or applied humanities, and developing the College’s presence in the campuswide Healthy Aging initiative.