Cynthia Miller

Assistant Professor, Social and Political Systems
Haldan Hall 205
617-731-7636
millercy@pmc.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, McGill University
    Dissertation: Image, Narrative, Self: The role of global media in Tamil rhetorics of identity
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of South Carolina
    Thesis: The Social Impacts of Televised Media Among the Yucatec Maya
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Sociology, Southern Connecticut State University

Field Experience

  • 2001-2006: Interdisciplary field research, Boston, MA
    Collection of oral and visual documentary material among Boston's unsheltered homeless.
  • 1999: Primary Invesigator, "Community Development: The View from The Neighborhood," Worcester, MA
    Coordinator of research team conducting an investigation an analysis of the social impacts of university-generated urban redevelopment in the Main South community.
  • 1997-2000: Ethnographic field research, Boston, MA
    Collection of narrative on the ways in which Tamil-speaking immigrants construct and manage relationships with, and images of, the Tamil homeland.
  • 1997: Ethnographic field research, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India
    Ethnographic observations of mass media and the construction of place-based and social identities.
  • 1995: Preliminary field research, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India
    Preliminary observations on mass media and relationships with "place".
  • 1993: Ethnographic field research, Yucatan Peninsula
    Ethnographic observations of the social impacts of televised media among indigenous populations.
  • 1992-1993: Sociolinguistic field research
    Discourse analysis of traditional Southern bluegrass musician.

Academic Employment

  • 1998-Present: Adjunct Lecturer, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College
  • 1999-2007: Scholar-in-Residence, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College
  • 1997-Present: Adjunct Instructor, Division of Social Sciences, Pine Manor College
  • Summer 2000: Instructor, Quincy College
  • Spring 1998-1999: Visiting Lecturer, Departments of Communication and Journalism, Northeastern University
  • 1997-1998: Adjunct Lecturer, Departments of Communication and Journalism, Northeastern University
  • 1996-1997: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, McGill University
  • Spring, Summer 1994: Instructor, Department of Anthology, Division of Continuing Education, University of South Carolina

Exhibitions and Visual Media Productions

  • 2008: Field Research Photography, Human Security and Globalization (Praeger)
  • 2004: Field Research Photography, Contexts, Vol. 3:4
  • 2003: Coordinator, "Images from the Streets: The Homeless Photography Project"
    Photo essay exhibition created in collaboration with Neighborhood Action Initiative. Featured on ABC's "Chronicle".
  • 2003: Faculty Coordinator, "The H Project", Emerson College
    Week-long student-generated program of films, performances, workshops, panels, and speakers on hunger, homelessness, and housing.
  • 2003: "Temple Elder", Gregory Rago, ed., Best Photography of 2003, Maryland International Library of Photography
    Recipient of Editor's Choice Award.
  • 2003: "Pain for the Gods" in A Journey into the Imagination, Maryland International Library of Photography
  • 2003: Field Research Photography, Contexts, Vol. 2:2, Vol 2:4
  • 2002: Coordinator, "Underground Talent: Art and Poetry by Boston's Homeless"
    Month-long gallery and theater exhibit of works by homeless artists, writers, and performers.
    A joint effort of Pine Manor College and Emerson College.
    2002: "Safe from the Crowd" (Tamil Nadu, India), Gregory Rago, ed., Infinite Illusions, Maryland International Library of Photography
  • 1998: Coordinator, "Japanese Identity and Global Culture", Pine Manor College
    Semester-long program of films, performances, workshops, and speakers.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

  • 2009: Specialist Scholar, "Bold Caballeros and Noble Bandidas" sponsored by Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University
  • 2008: Research stipend recipient, Will Rogers Heritage, Inc.
  • 2008: Editor's Award for Scholarship and Service, Center for the Study of Film and History, Oshkosh, WI
  • 2008: Kansas Humanities Council Scholar
  • 2008: Outstanding Photography of 2007 Award, International Society of Photography
  • 2006: A.M. Schleisinger, Jr. Service Award, Film and History League
  • 2006: Invited Keynot Presentation, Film, Television, and the 1950s Conference
  • 2006-2007: Seed Grant for Service Learning Course Development
    Awarded to support creation and implementation of "Communicating Cultures" photography project
  • 2006: Women's History Fellowship, The Boston Historical Society
  • 2005-2006: Seed Grant for Service Learning Course Development
    Awarded to support creation of Capstone Project for Leadership Through Service Freshman Learning Cluster
  • 2005-2006: Seed Grant for Service Learning Course Development
    Awarded to support creation of web-based archival project in community service
  • 2005: Faculty Exchange Scholar, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2004: Susan W. Rollins Area Chair Award, Film and History League
  • 2003-2007: Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • 2003: Outstanding Achievement in Amateur Photography Award, International Society of Photography
  • 1999: Summer Sabbatical, Pine Manor College
    Awarded to support new course development
  • 1997: Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University
  • 1996: Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) Research Grant, Stories we tell about ourselves: global media and local identities in rural Tamil Nadu
  • 1995: Pastoral and Agricultural Studies Equipe Research Grant, Mediated Identities: Mass Media and the Performance of Identity in Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1994-1997: Max Stern Fellow, McGill University
  • 1994-1995: Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar
  • 1994: Sigma Xi Research Grant, A Comparative Study of the Social Impacts of Mass Co0mmunication Among the Maya of Quintana Roo and Easter Yucatan
  • 1994: Sigma Xi Travel Grant
  • 1994: Honorable Mention, Southern Anthropological Society Student Paper Competition
  • 1993-1994: Institute of International Education Research Grant, Cultural Assimilation Among the Maya of Quintana Roo and the Eastern Yucatan
  • 1993-1994: University of South Carolina Research Travel Grant, Cultural Assimilation Among the Maya of Quintana Roo and the Eastern Yucatan
  • 1992-1994: University Teaching and Research Assistantship, University of South Carolina
  • 1992: Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • 1992: Award for Academic Excellence, Sociology Department, Southern Connecticut State University
  • 1992: Tau Pi Sigma Honor Society

Publications: Books and other Full-Length Manuscripts

  • Encyclopedia of the B Western. Under contract, Scarecrow Press. Projected completion, Spring, 2010.
  • Too Bold for the Box Office: A Study in Mockumentaries. Under contract, Wayne State University Press. Projected completion, Summer, 2009

Publications: Articles, Chapters, etc.

  • 2010: "Rosine, Kentucky: Birthplace of Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Music." Forthcoming in Birthplace and Commemoration in American Public Memory. Seth Bruggerman, Ed. University of Massachusetts Press.
  • 2009: "Introduction: At Play in the Fields of the Truth" Special Issue on Mockumentaries. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. Cynthia J. Miller, Ed.
  • 2009: "Horror in a Time of Transition: 'Lights Out!' from Radio to Television." Television: The Experimental Moment. Gilles Deleveau and Deni Marechal, Eds. (In English and French).
  • 2009: "The Rise and Fall - and Rise - of the Nazi Zombie in Film." Zombies in Popular Culture. Christoper Moreman, Ed. McFarland Publishing.
  • 2009: "Hearing Beyond His Own Time: The Futuristic Soundtracks of Jerry Goldsmith." Sounds of the Future. Mathew Bartkowiac, Ed. McFarland Publishing.
  • 2009: "It's Hip to be Square: Rebels, Rock and Roll, and the Future," with A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Sounds of the Future. Mathew Bartkowiac, Ed. McFarland Publishing.
  • 2009: "Defending the Heartland: Technology and the Future in The Phantom Empire (1935)." Heroes of Film, Comics, and American Culture. Lisa DeTora, Ed. McFarland Publishing.
  • 2009: "Exploitation Goes to War, in 'Hitler, Beast of Berlin' (1939)." "Cry "Havoc!'" an online publication of American Mensa's Special Interest Group on War." Vol. 52: Celluioid Combat, pp 5-13.
  • 2009: "In the Blink of a Martian Eye: 'Lights Out!' from Page to Airwaves to Screen." Adapting America/America Adapted. Laurence Raw and Tanfer Tunc, Eds. Edwin Mellen Press.
  • 2008: "The Sunshine Boys of Smut: Documenting Cinema's Sordid Side Through the Films of Sonney and Friedman." The Cinema of Transgression: From Grindhouse to Art House. Robert Weiner and John Cline, Eds.
  • 2008: "Setting the Heart of the Community to Beating." Newsletter of the Bostonian Society.
  • 2008: "Exploitation Goes to War, in 'Hitler, Beast of Berlin' (1939)." Why We Fought America's Wars in Film and History. Peter C. Rollins, Ed. University of Kentucky Press.
  • 2007: "Chronicling Culture: Community-Collaborative Filmmaking and 'The Drums of Winter'." An Interview. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. (27:1).
  • 2007: "From the Human to the Divine: Nature in the Writings of the Tamil Poet-Saints." Sacred History Magazine.
  • 2007: "The Democratic Embrace: Ric Burns' 'Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film'." An Interview. The Journal of Popular Film and Television. (35:2).
  • 2007: "Re-Cycles of Hell in Dante's Inferno (1911, 1924, 1935)." Hell in the Movies.
  • 2007: "Immigrants, Images, and Identity: Visualizing Homelands Across Borders." Indian Diaspora: Retrospect and Prospect. Sage Publications
  • 2006: "The 'B' Movie Goes to Warn in 'Hitler, Beast of Berlin' (1939)." Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies. (36:1).
  • 2006: "Images from the Streets: Art for Social Change" from the Homeless Photography Project in Social Justice. (33:2).
  • 2006: "Memories of (No)Place: Homelessness and Environmental Justice." Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice. Sylvia Washington, Ed. Rowman Littlefield Publishers.
  • 2005: "Exploitation Goes to War, in 'Hitler, Beast of Berlin' (1939)." Proceedings of War in Film, Television, and History. Peter Rollins, John O'Connor, and James Knecht, Eds. Cleveland, OH. Film and History Center.
  • 2005: "Tradition, Parody, Adaptation: Jed Buell's Unconventional West." Hollywood's West: The American Frontier in Film. Peter C. Rollins, Ed. University of Kentucky Press. Winner of the 2006 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection.
  • 2003: "Nightmare of Complicities: Crafting the Horror of Modernity in Gautam Bhatia's Malaria Dreams." Culture and Power: Phobias. Cristina Andreu, Ed. London: Sylva Publishing.
  • 2002: "The Essence of Home: Landscape Images and the Construction of National Identity Among Tamil Immigrants." The Journal for Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment (ISLE), Vol. 9.2.
  • 2002: "Relations of Absence: The Imaginative Spaces Called Homelands." Culture and Power: Unofficial Knowledges. David Walton, Ed. London: Peter Lang Publishers.
  • 2001: "Landscapes of Encounter: Gender and the Morality of the Road in South India." Women's Studies Quarterly. 29 (1 & 2).
  • 1999: "'Better Not to Walk There From Here': Gender, Class, and the Morality of the Road in South India." Proceedings of Living in a Material World. Coventry University.
  • 1998: "The Social Impacts of Televised Media Among the Yucatec Maya." Human Organization: The Journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Vol. 57(3).
  • 1993: "Re-constructed Texts; De-constructed Images: Reported Speech and the Disempowerment of Anita Hill." Occasional Papers of the Anthropology Department. University of South Carolina.

Languages

  • Spanish: reading, speaking, writing
  • French: reading, speaking, writing
  • Yucatec Mayan: conversational speaking - field language
  • Tami: basic reading, conversational speaking - field language

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • International Association for Media and History
  • Society for Visual Anthropology
  • International Visual Sociology Association
  • Film and History League
  • Western History Association
  • Literature/Film Association