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Tiya Miles
University of Michigan

American Culture, Afroamerican & African Studies, History, Native American Studies

Email: tiya@umich.edu

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Tiya MilesI was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where most of my family still resides. I received my A.B. in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University (1992), my M.A. in Women’s Studies from Emory University (1995), and my Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota (2000). I spent two years at Dartmouth College serving as the coordinator of the Shabazz African American Center and writing my dissertation with funding from the Ford Foundation and the Dartmouth College Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship. While in residence at Dartmouth, I co-organized with Stephanie Morgan and Celia Naylor the first national conference on African American and Native American relations. I taught in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley before moving to the University of Michigan in 2002.

My research and creative interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories and literatures; African American women’s history; and the histories, feminist theories, and life experiences of women of color in the United States. At the University of Michigan I am a professor in American Culture, History, Afroamerican & African Studies and Native American Studies. My book, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, was published by the University of California Press in 2005. My new book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cheroke Plantation Story, was published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press.

I live in Ann Arbor on a tree-lined street with my husband, our twin daughters, and our spirited son. I am an avid reader of feminist mysteries, a passionate fan of old houses, and a loyal patron of Graeter's in Cincinnati as well as Dairy Queen just about anywhere.

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