Cynthia Miller is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in visual media.
She is currently Scholar-in-Residence at Emerson College, and is a Kansas Humanities Council Scholar, a Research Fellow of the Will Rogers Memorial, and former Fellow of the Boston Historical Society.
has carried out fieldwork in the Yucatan, Tamil Nadu, and among Boston's homeless community.
professional service includes roles on the editorial board of The Encyclopedia of Women and Popular Culture
(ABC-Clio), the advisory board of the Southwest Journal of Cultures
, and the editorial board of Scientific Journals
She also serves as Director of Communications and Associate Editor for Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, as well as President of the Literature/Film Association, and as Treasurer for the International Association for Media and History.
has written and spoken extensively on film and television in American culture, as well as in the area of homelessness and social justice.
In addition to over 80 presentations at national and international conferences, she
has delivered keynote and featured talks at the Hall Center for the Humanities
(Lawrence, KS), the Boston Historical Society, Plymouth State University
(Plymouth, NH), the Buster Keaton Celebration
(Iola, KS), the Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana
(Mt. Pleasant, IA), the National University of Taiwan
(Taipei, Taiwan), and Tamil University
(Tamil Nadu, India).
writing has appeared in Film & History, Women's Studies Quarterly, Human Organization
, Anthropologica, Social Justice, The Journal of Popular Film and Television
, Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds, Post Script
, and Kansas Quarterly.
She is also a contributing author for numerous edited volumes, most recently: Hollywood's West: The American Frontier in Film, Television, and History (Kentucky UP, 2005); Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); Why We Fought: War in Film, Television, and History (Kentucky UP, 2008); Tracing an Indian Diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations (Sage, 2008); Heroes in Comics, Film, and American Culture, (McFarland, 2009); The Theme of Cultural Adaptation in American History, Literature, and Film (Edward Mellen, 2009); Sounds of the Future: Music in Science Fiction Film (McFarland, 2010); James Bond: The Films Are Not Enough (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010); Télévision: le moment experimental (INA/Apogee, 2011); Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films (McFarland, 2011); and several forthcoming volumes, including Birthplace and Commemoration in American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011), Science Fiction Across Screens (Routledge, 2011), Science Fiction Across Media (Gylphi, 2011).
has also produced several visual media exhibitions, including "Images from the Streets: The Homeless Photography Project" and "Underground Art: Art and Poetry by Boston's Homeless," which have been featured on ABC's "Chronicle.
has guest-edited the Fall, 2009 issue of the film journal, Post Script
, and also guest-edited (with A. Bowdoin Van Riper) a special two-issue themed volume of Film & History ("Images of Science and Technology in Film") in 2010.
is currently completing work on an edited volume Too Bold for the Box Office: A Study in Mockumentary (Wayne State University Press, 2011), and The Encyclopedia of B Westerns (Scarecrow Press, 2011).