Jamie Miller earned his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and has been a Fox Predoctoral International Fellow at Yale University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at both Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh. He specialises in the politics and ideology of apartheid South Africa, while his broader research interests include South African history more broadly, state-building in the post-colonial era, development, environmental history, the nexus between race and political ideology, decolonisation, and the Cold War in the global south.
His first book, An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2016, while his most recent article, “Africanising Apartheid: Identity, Ideology, and State-Building in Independent Africa,” appeared in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of African History. His commentary on historical and contemporary global affairs has appeared in The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the History News Network, the Imperial & Global Forum, and The Conversation. He teaches a range of courses in African and world history.
He is currently working on two new projects. The first, tentatively entitled Energy Dependence: Electricity, Modernity, and Development in Twentieth-Century South Africa, charts the changing relationship between society and the environment in twentieth-century South Africa through the lens of the generation and distribution of electric power, thus offering new perspectives on the development of modern South Africa’s distinctive form of segregated capitalist modernity. The other, Black Lenins: The Marxist Project in Africa, explores why and how an entire generation of African thinkers, politicians, labour leaders, academics, and others looked to Marxist doctrines, templates, and concepts as their tools for imagining and constructing viable social orders. From intellectual exchange to low culture, it tracks how understandings of Marxism were adapted, from intellectual exchange to popular culture, in light of broader notions of race, African history, identity, gender, economic development, and modernity. He has also been working on an article-length project on the history of African history written in Africa, together with Professor Patrick Manning.
Education & Training
- PhD, History, University of Cambridge
An African Volk: The Apartheid Regime and its Search for Survival (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Modern African History
Pre-Colonial African History
Modern South African History
State-Building and the Post-Colonial World