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Academic Publications


The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

The House on Diamond Hill has been selected as the winner of the 2011 National Council on Public History Book Award for the best work published about or growing out of public history; the Georgia Historical Society's 2011 Lilla M. Hawes Award for the best book in Georgia local or county history published in 2010; and the 2011 Wheeler-Voeglin Book Award from the American Society of Ethnohistory.

For information on The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, visit the UNC Press webpage: http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-8586.html


Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005). Ties That Bind was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians (2006) and the Lora Romero Distinguished First Book Award from the American Studies Association (2006). UC Press Website. In 2006, Miles was named a "Top Young Historian" by the History News Network.

Ties that Bind has been voted one of the ten most influential books in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the first decade of the twenty-first century by the membership of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA).


Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, essay collection co-edited with Sharon P. Holland (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).




Articles and Chapters

“‘Shall Woman's Voice Be Hushed?’: Laura Smith Haviland in Abolitionist Women's History.” Michigan Historical Review, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Fall 2013), pp. 1-20. View full PDF.

“The Long Arm of the South?” The Western Historical Quarterly (Autumn 2012).

“‘Showplace of the Cherokee Nation’: Race and the Making of a Southern House Museum,” The Public Historian (Fall 2011).

“Of Waterways and Runaways: Reflections on the Great Lakes in Underground Railroad History,” Michigan Quarterly Review (Summer 2011).

“Taking Leave, Making Lives: Creative Quests for Freedom in Early Black and Native America,” IndiVisible, African-Native American Lives in the Americas, ed., Gabrielle Tayac (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2009): 139-149. View full PDF.

“Circular Reasoning: Recentering Cherokee Women in the Antiremoval Campaigns,” American Quarterly (June 2009). [This article was awarded the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for the best article in southern women's history for 2009.]

“The Narrative of Nancy, A Cherokee Woman,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Special Issue: Intermarriage and North American Indians 29: 2 & 3 (spring 2008).

“Rethinking Race and Culture in the Early South,” Co-authored with Claudio Saunt, Barbara Krauthamer, Celia E. Naylor, Circe Sturm, Ethnohistory 53:2 (spring 2006).

“His Kingdom for a Kiss: Indians and Intimacy in the Narrative of John Marrant,” Haunted by Empire: Race and Colonial Intimacies in North American History, ed., Ann Laura Stoler (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006). View full PDF.

“All in the Family? A Meditation on White Centrality, Black Exclusion, and the Intervention of Afro-Native Studies,” Foreword to Race, Roots, and Relations: Native and African Americans, ed., Terry Straus (Chicago: Albatross Press 2005). View full PDF.

“Africans and Native Americans,” co-authored with Barbara Krauthamer, A Companion to African-American History, volume ed., Alton Hornsby Jr., (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005).

“African-Americans in Indian Societies,” co-authored with Celia E. Naylor, Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 14 Southeast, ed., Raymond Fogelson (Washington DC: Smithsonian, 2004).

“Uncle Tom Was an Indian: Tracing the Red in Black Slavery,” Confounding the Color Line: Indian-Black Relations in Multidisciplinary Perspective, ed., James Brooks, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002). View full PDF.

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