Cecilia Miller (‘89-‘91)

Professor of History Wesleyan University

Cecilia Miller is an historian of ideas, and she has taught at Wesleyan University in Connecticut since 1991. As an Enlightenment scholar, her research interests are in the history of European ideas broadly defined, from antiquity to the present, especially the philosophy of history; political, economic, and social theory; political fiction; the philosophy of science; the philosophy of law; and asthetics.

Her latest review in The Times Literary Supplement, “From Homer to the Urban Poor,” appeared in the August 3rd, 2012 issue.

Professor Miller won the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan in 2002. She was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, from 1996-1997, and she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Columbia University, 1989-1991. She received her D.Phil. in Modern History from Balliol College, University of Oxford, in 1988. Her doctoral supervisor was Sir Isaiah Berlin. Her doctoral thesis was published as Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge (London: Macmillan, 1993). Her book, Enlightenment and Political Fiction: The Everyday Intellectual (New York/London: Routledge) was published in 2016. 

Born in Los Angeles, Professor Miller grew up around the world, giving her an unusual perspective in her intellectual pursuits. In her research, she uses French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin.