UMass Boston


Bonnie Miller

McCormack Hall Floor 04

Area of Expertise

US social and cultural history, 19th and 20th centuries; Visual Culture Studies, particularly the history of photography, editorial cartooning, and early cinema; American Food Culture and History; American Imperialism and Empire; the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars; History of American Journalism/Print Culture/Radio.



PhD, History, Johns Hopkins University


Professional Publications & Contributions

  • From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).
  • “Map-Mindedness in the Age of Empire: The Role of Maps in Shaping US Imperial Interests in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, 1898-1904,” In Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898, ed. by Joseph R. Hartman, p. 17-42. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2022.
  • “Did Fake News Unite the Home Front behind a War with Spain?: A Reconsideration of US Press Coverage, 1895-1898,” Home Front Studies 1 (2021): 1-31.
  • "Special Issue Introduction: Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Food on the Fairgrounds," Food, Culture, and Society 24, no. 2 (2021): 174-186. Special Issue guest edited by Bonnie M. Miller. Doi: 10.1080/15528014.2021.1877523.
  • “Food on Display: Design Techniques of the Food Exhibits of the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40,” Food, Culture, and Society 24, no. 2 (2021): 244-268.  Special Issue guest edited by Bonnie M. Miller. Doi: 10.1080/15528014.2021.1873035.
  • “Humor and Verse in Newspaper Print: Social Commentaries on the ‘Spanish Flu’ Pandemic of 1918-1919,” Working Papers in Critical Disaster Studies, Series I: Historical Approaches to Covid-19, no. 3, 1-12. New York: Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies, New York University, 2021.
  • “Race and Region: Tracing the Cultural Pathways of Rice Consumption in the United States, 1680-1960,” Global Food History 5, no. 3 (November 2019): 183-203.
  • “The Pure Food Exhibits in the ‘Palace of Nibbling Arts’: Culinary Pluralism at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915,” Southern California Quarterly 100.2 (Summer 2018): 150-182.
  • “‘The Pictures Are Better on Radio’: A Visual Analysis of American Radio Drama from the 1920s-1950s,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 38.2 (June 2018): 322-342.
  • “War and Visual Culture,” In At War: The Military and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, eds. David Kieran and Edward Martini (Rutgers University Press, 2018).
  • “The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition Commemorative Stamp Issue,” In The Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898: Art, Anthropology and Popular Culture at the Fin de Siècle, ed. Wendy Katz (University of Nebraska Press, 2018).
  • “A Primer for Using Historical Images in Research,” American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism 27.1 (April 2017): 73-94.
  • Jessie Quintero Johnson and Bonnie M. Miller, “When Women ‘Snap’: The Use of Mental Illness to Contextualize Women’s Acts of Violence in Contemporary Popular Media,” Women’s Studies in Communication 39.2 (2016): 211-27.
  • “The Evolution of a Fast Food Phenomenon: The Case of American Pizza,” In Routledge History of Food, ed. Carol Helstosky (Routledge, 2014).
  • “‘Remember the Alamo’ to ‘Remember the Maine’: The Visual Ideologies of the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars,” In The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare, ed. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr. (Texas A&M Press, 2013), 123-146.
  • “The Image-makers’ Arsenal in an Age of War and Empire, 1898-99: A Cartoon Essay, Featuring the Work of Charles Bartholomew (of the Minneapolis Journal) and Albert Wilbur Steele (of the Denver Post)” The Journal of American Studies 45.1 (2011): 53-75.
  • “The Incoherencies of Empire: The ‘Imperial’ Image of the Indian at the Omaha World’s Fairs of 1898-99,” American Studies 49 (Fall/Winter 2008): 5-28.
  • “Imperial Culture and National Conscience: The Role of the Press in the United States and Spain during the Crisis of 1898,” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 77 (2000): 169-91.

Additional Information

Media Appearances on Food That Built America, seasons 3 and 4: “Do or Donut" and “Clash of the Coffee,” respectively.