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Kim Miller

Dr. Kim Miller is Associate Professor at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where she also holds the Jane Oxford Keiter Professorship of women’s and gender studies and art history.  She is also the co-founder, and serves as the co-coordinator, of the peace and social justice studies program. Miller’s scholarship, which examines the relationship between visual culture, gender, and power in African arts, includes her forthcoming book, How did they Dare? Women’s Activism and the Work of Memory in South African Commemorative Art. The book considers the extent to which women’s participation in the struggle for democracy is represented and remembered, and often forgotten, in contemporary South African visual culture and at commemorative sites. Her first book, Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents: Public Art in South Africa, 1999 – 2015, is co-edited with Brenda Schmahmann. 

In addition, Miller has published a number of book chapters and articles in the South African Historical Journal, African Arts, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Feminist Studies. Miller’s research, writing, and teaching has been supported through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for University Women, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rotary Foundation, the Lily Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Miller is the recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (2010), and the Roy Sieber Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the History of African Art.

Authored and Edited Books

2017 Co-editor, with Brenda Schmahmann, Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents: Public Art in South Africa, 1999 – 2015, edited volume, Indiana University Press.

Articles, Book Chapters and Edited Journals

2018  (forthcoming) “ ‘The Walls are So Silent’: Spaces of Confinement and Gendered meanings of Incarceration in South African Commemorative Art,” in   Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice.  Special issue of De Arte, 53 (2) (Fall, 2018).

2017“The Pain of Memory and the Violence of Erasure: Real and Figural Displays of Female Authority in the Public Sphere,” in Kim Miller and Brenda Schmahmann, Bronze Warriors and Plastic Presidents: Public Art in South Africa, 1999 – 2015, (Indiana University Press, 2017).


2018  Presenter, “ ‘First and Foremost, We Need to Feel’: Women as Breakers of Silence at the Johannesburg Women’s Jail,” Honoring Ancestors in Africa: Arts and Actions, African Studies Program Symposium, Madison (April).

2017  Convener, Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice Conference,Presenter, “‘The walls are so silent’: spaces of confinement and gendered meanings of incarceration in South African commemorative art,” University of Johannesburg (November)

2017 Presenter, “Crafting a political hero: art and feminist intent in the work of Sandra Kriel,” 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art, Ghana (August) paper delivered in absentia

2017 Presenter and Discussant, “Information Fluency in the Disciplines Workshop in the Arts: History, Theory, and Criticism,” Association of College and Research Libraries and the Council on Library and Information Resources Workshop, New Orleans (April)