Elizabeth Miller

Adjunct Assistant Professor, General Studies and Art History

Professor Miller earned a DPhil in the History of Art from the University of Oxford, an MSt in Oriental studies (Arabic) from the University of Oxford, and BAs in Arabic and Art History from the Université Libre in Brussels, Belgium. Before coming to Whitman, she taught courses on modern and contemporary art and visual culture in the Arabic-speaking world at the Maryland Institute-College of Art in Baltimore. At Whitman, she teaches Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture, Encounters, and Critical Voices. She is also the director of Whitman's Maxey Museum. Her research interests include the constitution of a discourse of the fine arts in Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its relationship to constructs of nationalism and cosmopolitanism; how to think modernism beyond its ordained point of geographical origin in Europe; and the role of historical narrative in the formation of modern subjects. She has conducted archival research in Egypt, France, New York, England, Belgium, and Cyprus. Her curatorial work includes Classicism and Exile: the Life and Work of Marcel Salinas (1913-2010) at the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery in Queens, New York, and Scenes and Types: Photography from the Collection of Adnan Charara at Whitman's Sheehan Gallery. Her book project is tentatively titled For the Sake of the Nation: Art and art discourse in Egypt, 1908-1952.