Ken Miller

  • Associate Professor of History

ken miller

I’m an historian of colonial, revolutionary, and early national North America. My book, Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence, approaches the patriots’ hosting of British and German prisoners as a window onto early American identity formation in the diverse wartime interior. My current research concerns an infamous murder case in revolutionary New England. I’ve held fellowships from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the German Historical Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the David Library of the American Revolution.

  • B.A., University of Hawaii, 1995
  • Ph.D., University of California, 2006
Research Spotlight


Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence (Cornell University Press, 2014; paperback, 2018).

       2014 Book of the Year Award, 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.

Scholarly Links:

Press Page for Dangerous Guests

C-SPAN 3, American History TV

“Ben Franklin’s World” Podcast

  • 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
  • Latin American Literature as History
  • Small Worlds of Early America
  • Historical Method