Faculty & Staff
Ruth Miller, PhD
- Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
- 617.287.6870 Telephone:
- Ruth.Miller@umb.edu Email:
100 Morrissey Blvd. Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-431
Areas of Expertise
Professor Miller’s research interests include law and jurisprudence, histories of sexuality, and the methodology and theory of history. She teaches courses in these areas as well as in the history, politics, and law of the Ottoman Middle East.
PhD, Princeton University
Professional Publications & Contributions
Ruth Miller joined the History Faculty in 2003 after receiving her BA in History, with a Mathematics minor, from Mount Holyoke College, and her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and chapters in the fields of law and feminist theory. Her most recent book, Law in Crisis, draws on narratives of earthquakes in Istanbul, San Francisco, and Tokyo to challenge arguments that have posited the rational, bounded self as the normative subject of law—it makes the case that law demands an ecstatic subject and that natural disaster is the endpoint to law. Her current project, Seven Stories of Threatening Speech: Women's Suffrage Meets Machine Code, re-reads the speech surrounding the nineteenth century women's suffrage movement in order to demonstrate the potential methodological benefits of understanding harmful or violent language as a variation on machine code. The book, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, tells a familiar tale of the threats posed by speech, but from an unfamiliar vantage point of information theory, computation, and code.