Randall M. Miller, Ph.D.


Areas Taught: American Studies, History

Expertise: National and Regional Politics and Government, American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, Power and Class in America

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“Americans are by design and default political people,” says historian Randall Miller, Ph.D.  “We cannot escape political concerns. The country began with an idea – freedom – over which we have contested since the first days of the Republic. Politics in America turns on getting the power to push for one’s particular interest in freedom. It is best, then, to try to understand the process.”

One of the region's most respected and insightful political analysts, Miller has developed a national reputation as a commentator on a variety of issues. He speaks often on national and regional politics and government; the Civil War and Reconstruction; power and class in America; Colonial and Revolutionary America; the history of immigration; ethnic and urban America; and slavery and the Old South. His knowledge of American history blends with his interest in modern politics to create a unique perspective.

Miller has been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and numerous other newspapers across the nation, in addition to appearing frequently on local news channels and offering commentaries on National Public Radio programs. The author or editor of more than 20 books, Miller recently completed a book on Lincoln and leadership and another on the Northern home front during the Civil War.

A principal advocate for a new interpretation of “freedom” and “unfreedom” at Independence National Historical Park, Miller’s efforts helped to lead to a memorial commemorating the lives of the nine slaves who served at President George Washington’s house at Sixth and Market Streets in Philadelphia. According to Miller, the recognition of Washington’s slaves created a great teaching opportunity that illustrates the struggle to define and realize liberty in America.