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Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and General Studies

Olin Hall


Libby Miller is interested in how we co-exist with history in the present. 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. In addition to teaching Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman, she also participates in the First Year Seminars Program, and serves as Director of the Maxey Museum and as Whitman’s Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) coordinator.

DPhil History of Art
University of Oxford

MSt Oriental Studies
University of Oxford

B.A. Arabic Language and Literature & B.A. History of Art and Archeology
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Professor Miller's research and curatorial interests include monuments, memorials and museums, as well as the constitution of a discourse of the fine arts in Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She researches ancient Egypt in the European and American modern imaginary and the role of historical narrative in the formation of modern subjects. She has conducted archival research in Egypt, France, England, Belgium, Cyprus and the United States.

“The Extraordinary Power of Language in The Battle of Algiers,” forthcoming in ThirdText, 2021. 

Advisor and co-author for A Proposal to Recontextualize the Marcus Whitman Statue, funded by the Whitman College Community Engaged Summer Research Program, 2020.

Author of text for Written in Light: Meditations on the Moving Image, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, 2019.

Curator: A Proper Monument? [a historical investigation into the history of the memorialization of the College’s namesake], Maxey Museum, Whitman College, 2018.

Co-Curator with Elyse Semerdjian: Scenes and Types: Photography from the Collection of Adnan Charara, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, 2016.

“Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Egyptian Modern Art,” ArtMargins, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 2016. 59-79, 2016.