Michael Miller


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1976);

E-mail: mbmiller@miami.edu
Office: Rm. 625E Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-5955
Fields of Interest: Modern Europe, Modern France, Business History, Maritime History


Michael Miller was born in Cincinnati and educated at Northwestern (BA 1967) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D 1976). His principal work has been in the fields of modern French history, modern European history, business history, and maritime history. His scholarly publications include The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store, 1869-1920 (Princeton: 1981; French edition 1987) and Shanghai on the Métro: Spies, Intrigue, and the French Between the Wars (Berkeley, 1994). His most recent book is Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which writes the history of globalization by sea across the twentieth century. This book has been awarded the 2013 Hagley Prize for the best book in business history, broadly defined, and the Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award for 2010-2012. Among the articles he has published from this study are “The Business Trip: Maritime Networks in the Twentieth Century” (Business History Review, 2003) and “Pilgrims’ Progress: The Business of the Hajj” (Past and Present, 2006). Currently he is researching the intersection of geography, history, and identity in a study of France and its waterways. Before joining the University of Miami faculty he taught at Rice University and Syracuse University. He has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the NEH, the ACLS, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the DAAD, the Fulbright program, and the Harvard Business School. In Fall 2015 he held a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches courses on a variety of subjects, including Modern France, Europe 1914-1945, the survey course in Modern Europe, History of the Modern Business Enterprise, the Sea in History, and Globalization in Modern Times.  In 2014 he received the Provost's Award for Scholarly Activity.


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