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Nicholas Miller

Nicholas Miller

Humanities Assistant Professor


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


Ph.D. (European Intellectual History and Global History) summa cum laude, University of Potsdam

M.St. (Early Modern History) with distinction, University of Oxford

B.A. (History), first-class honours, University of Durham

Research Interests

History of knowledge, intellectual history, colonialism, plantations, labor, migration, transnational history

Professional Profile

Nicholas B. Miller is an intellectual and transnational historian who has recently turned to the emerging field of the history of knowledge. He studies European colonialism during the eighteenth and nineteenth century, particularly relating to plantations in their variegated forms. He remains fascinated by the figure of John Millar (no relation), subject of his first book, and is especially intrigued by the methodological complexities of writing about social, economic and discursive change in anomalous historical political contexts, namely the nineteenth-century Kingdom of Hawai‘i.

Miller is the author of John Millar and the Scottish Enlightenment: Family Life and World History (Oxford, 2017) and co-editor of Cameralism and the Enlightenment: Happiness, Governance and Reform in Transnational Perspective (New York, 2020). He has published in a wide range of international venues, including International History Review, Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies and Ayer. Forthcoming studies include a comparative study of indigenous kingship, liberal cosmopolitanism and colonialism at the courts of nineteenth-century Johor and Hawai‘i (Oxford University Press) and a study on the polemical reception of John Millar among early twentieth-century German sociologists (Edinburgh University Press). He is currently working on two books on the history of knowledge. The first is an edited volume project on plantations. The second is a monograph on European thinkers in nineteenth-century Hawai‘i.

Miller joined Flagler in 2020 after holding a series of postdoctoral fellowships in Lisbon, Göttingen and Mexico City. He was recently awarded a major grant from the European Commission, entitled Migrating Knowledge: The Global Knowledge Networks of Global Medic, Botanist and Migration Commissioner Wilhelm Hillebrand in Hawai'i (1821-1886).

Miller teaches courses in early modern and modern European history as well as the history of European colonialism in Asia. His courses embrace transnational and global history approaches. He also leads study abroad courses to Lisbon, his favorite city in the world.

Teaching and Related Service

Drawing on his highly mobile upbringing across the U.S. Sunbelt and over 15 years’ residence in Europe, Dr. Miller is excited to expand students’ horizons at Flagler College with courses in European and Asian history that draw on connections with our unique setting of St. Augustine.

Courses taught

  • HIS 300: Historical Methods
  • HIS/PHI 311: The Enlightenment
  • HIS 302: The Age of Revolutions
  • HIS 340: Study Abroad in Portugal
  • HIS 380: Modern Britain and the World
  • HIS/ANT 403: Colonialism and Imperialism
  • COR 171: Migration: Global and Historical Perspectives
  • COR 174: St. Augustine in World History

Previously taught at

  • CIEE Lisbon, Portugal (study abroad)
  • CIEE Global Institute, Berlin, Germany (study abroad)
  • Universität Potsdam, Germany

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Office Hours (On Campus)

  • Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM; 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM