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Ken Miller

Associate Professor of History

I am an historian of colonial and revolutionary North America. My latest research explores Revolutionaries’ hosting of British and German captives in the ethnically diverse American interior as a window onto early American identity formation during the War for Independence.


  • B.A., University of Hawaii, 1995
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2006
  • History of the United States, 1607-1865
  • History of the United States, 1865 to the Present
  • Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century America
  • The Early Republic
  • Comparative Cultural Encounters
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America
  • Latin American Literature as History
  • Historical Method

Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence (Cornell University Press), named 2014 Book of the Year by the Journal of the American Revolution.

“‘A Dangerous Set of People’: British Captives and the Making of Revolutionary Identity in the Mid-Atlantic Interior,” Journal of the Early Republic (Winter, 2012): 565-601.


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