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Department of English

Matthew Miller, PhD


In Fall 2005, Dr. Matthew L. Miller joined the English faculty. He earned his doctorate in English focusing on 20th Century American Literature at the University of South Carolina (August 2005). He received a Master’s degree (May 2001) specializing in multicultural literature from East Carolina University. He took two B.A.’s in English and history from Gardner-Webb University (May 1999). He holds the John and Mary Grew Chair in American Studies. 

Dr. Miller teaches 20th Century and Contemporary American literature, often with a multicultural focus. He also developed and teaches African-American literature, non-Western literatures and films, especially from Africa and the Caribbean, and the Graphic Novel. He won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. His scholarship currently addresses transnationalism in American literature throughout the twentieth century to contemporary writers.  He has published a collection of essays on using graphic narratives in college course through McFarland Press, Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives (2015). Since 2013, Dr. Miller has served as the Writing Assessment Director, administering the university’s Writing Proficiency Portfolio general education requirement. He won the University Service Award in 2012. Dr. Miller has three children, a fat cat, and two demanding dogs.