Research, Professional and Creative Activity
Dr. Nicholas B. Miller is a global historian of European colonialism since the early modern period, with regional specializations including Britain, Germany, Portugal, Hawai‘i, and the Malay World. His current research unites intellectual history and migration history to consider the role of European botanists in the configuration of plantation statecraft from the Enlightenment onwards. His work has appeared in venues including the International History Review and Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. His first book, published in 2017, combines an intellectual biography of Scottish Enlightenment thinker John Millar with a study of how intercultural differences in gender and the family were discussed across Europe. More recently, he co-edited a volume with Routledge reappraising the connection between two key concepts of early modern European history: cameralism and the Enlightenment.
He is also the author of a number of articles and chapters exploring migration, native rulers, and colonial intrusion in late nineteenth-century Hawai‘i and Malaysia.
Dr. Miller is currently the recipient of a two-year Marie Curie individual fellowship research award by the European Commission (2021-23). Reappraising the legacies of botanical travellers from the Enlightenment to the late nineteenth century, the project crosses histories of labour, migration, and colonial science through a contextual biography of German medic, botanist, and migration commissioner Wilhelm Hillebrand (1821-1886) in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.
Dr. Miller is involved with a number of international research collaborations, including a European Research Council project on racialization and plantations during the nineteenth century, a Volkswagen Foundation project on global social inequalities and labor exploitation, and a Portuguese Research Council project on the legacies of the Magellan expedition.
CV including List of Publications (MS Doc)
Dr. Miller joined Flagler College in 2020 as Assistant Professor of History after holding postdoctoral appointments in Portugal (Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Ciências Sociais) and Germany (Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen). His teaching and research interests lie in the social and intellectual history of colonialism, the history of knowledge, and the study of migration. He holds a B.A. in History from Durham University, an M.St. in History from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in History from Universität Potsdam.
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.
- HIS 440: Colonialism and Imperialism in Modern Asia
- HIS 380: Modern Britain
- HIS 311: The Enlightenment
- HIS 302: The Age of Revolutions
- COR 171: Migration: Global and Historical Perspectives
- HIS 102 WI: Western Civilization since 1500
Previously taught at
- CIEE Lisbon, Portugal (study abroad)
- CIEE Global Institute, Berlin, Germany (study abroad)
- Universität Potsdam, Germany
Office Hours (On Campus)
- Monday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Friday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM