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Professor, Afro-Amercian and African Studies

505 S. State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Office Location(s): 3664 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.764.5513
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty: Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)
    • Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC), Native American Studies (NAS)
    • Faculty: Department of History
    • Faculty Affiliate: Department of Women's Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories, especially 19th-century African American women's history and literature, Native American women's history and literature, and U.S. women's history
  • About

    Tiya A. Miles is Mary Henrietta Graham Distinguished University Professor of African American Women's History, and Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor of African American Women, Professor of African and Afroamerican Studies, Professor of History, Professor of American Culture (Native American Studies), and Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include African American and Native American intersectional and comparative histories and narratives -- especially in the nineteenth century, as well as slavery, public history, and the historical experiences of women of color. She offers courses on American slavery and contemporary representations of the practice, Afro-Native relations, African American women, Native American women, historical narrative, and writing. She is the author of two prize-winning books, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005) and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010), and various articles on women’s history and black and Native interrelated experience. She is co-editor, with Sharon P. Holland, of Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (2006).


  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2000