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Dr Kerby A Miller

Dr Kerby A. Miller

BA, MA, PhD (University of California at Berkeley)

Visiting Researcher in History
Professor of History, University of Missouri, Columbia

Tel: +44 001 573 882 3878

Kerby Miller was educated at Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he completed his BA degree, and at the University of California at Berkeley, where he finished his MA and PhD degrees, the latter in 1977.  After a year’s senior research fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies, QUB, Kerby joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he is now Curators' Professor of History.  In 2004, his book Irish immigrants in the land of Canaan was awarded the James S. Donnelly Prize of the American Conference on Irish Studies, for the best book in Irish or Irish-American History.

Research Interests

Kerby Miller’s research has focused on the relationships between Irish mass migration, 1700s-early 1900s, and the socio-economic, cultural, and political development of modern Irish and Irish-American societies, both Catholic and Protestant.  Consequently, roughly half his published books and essays engage principally with the causes and consequences of mass migration on Ireland itself, the other on the Irish in the Diaspora, primarily in the USA.  Currently, he is completing a forthcoming collection of essays on these topics, preparing extensively edited volumes of 19th- and early 20th-century Irish emigrants’ correspondence (much of which he has copied from collections of private donors), and engaged (in collaboration with Dr. Liam Kennedy, QUB) in a longterm, parish- and county-based project on Irish religious demography, 16591926, principally on the effects of emigration (as well as famine and other factors) on the changing numerical, proportional, and spatial relationships among Ireland’s Anglican, Dissenter, and Catholic communities.

Select Publications

Ireland and Irish America: essays on culture, class, and transatlantic migration (forthcoming Dublin, 2008).

Irish immigrants in the land of Canaan: letters and memoirs from colonial and revolutionary America, 1665–1815 (New York & Oxford, 2003).

(Ed.), Irish popular culture, 1650–1850 (Dublin, 1998).

Emigrants and exiles: Ireland and the Irish exodus to North America (New York & Oxford, 1985).