Channon Miller, PhD

Channon Miller
Phone: (619) 260-4633
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 290

Assistant Professor, History

  • PhD, Boston University, American Studies
  • MA, Boston University, American Studies
  • BA, Trinity College, American Studies

Channon S. Miller, PhD joined the History Department as a Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow in Fall 2017 and became an Assistant Professor in Spring 2019. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Miller received her BA in American Studies from Trinity College in 2011 and her PhD in American Studies from Boston University in 2017. She is an interdisciplinary Americanist and Historian that writes and teaches across various fields including African American History and Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Race and Gender Theory, African Diaspora Studies, Cultural Studies, and American Studies. She teaches a range of courses on African American History and Women’s History.

Areas of Expertise

African American Women’s History, Black Feminisms, Black Feminist Theory, Modern African Diaspora, Black Cultural Studies, Urban Ethnography, and Oral History

Scholarly Work

Moved by texts such as Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African American Women’s Contemporary Activism, edited by Kimberly Springer, the pulse of Miller’s work is to capture the persistence of black women’s historical traditions of resistance and world making amid modern systems of intersectional oppression in America. She creates this archive through black mothers. Miller documents their struggles, everyday resistance, consciousness, and activism in the last decades of the 20th century and at the dawn of the 21st century. Miller’s current project, Migrant Black Mothers, explores African American, African-born, and Caribbean-born mothers’ traversal of black borderlands widely deemed marred and forging of cross-ethnic ties to disrupt the forces that render their lives and those of their children to precarity. Her work draws from her collection of oral histories and ethnography, as well as archival documents including newspapers, photos, and correspondences. As Miller captures black motherhood as a site of bridges over troubled waters, she recovers black diasporic visions of freedom as ever-present in the contemporary period.

Areas of Interest

Currently, Miller teaches African American History, African American Women, and American Women in History. She is committed to delving into the past with her students and its social, political, and cultural nuances. Further, Miller seeks to mold opportunities for them to grapple with the historic realities and cultivations of black communities, women, and the women of color at the intersections to negotiate, engage, and respond to present day discourses on systematic injustices and resistance.