Susan Gilson Miller
Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Susan Gilson Miller is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. From 1991 to 2008, Prof. Miller directed the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard University that brought outstanding scholars from the US, Europe and North Africa to Center for Middle East Studies to lead seminars on Maghribi history and society. She also served as Associate Director from 1990 to 1999, directing the Master’s program in Middle Eastern Studies and coordinating three consecutive cycles of US Department of Education funding to support CMES activities. Her research and teaching interests at Harvard centered on the social and cultural history of colonial and post-colonial North Africa, with an emphasis on minority and urban studies. Her most recent books are The History of Modern Morocco (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), the outcome of a conference held at CMES in 2006, and a collective volume, The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City (The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and Harvard University Press, 2010). At UC Davis she teaches courses on North African history, Mediterranean history, and the History of Jews in the non-Western World. Her current research concerns rescuing and humanitarian relief in the Western Maghrib during World War II. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. She has traveled with the HAA on several trips to northern Africa.