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Jennifer Miller

Ph.D. Candidate, Provost Graduate Fellow

Courses Taught

HIST 152: U.S. History to 1865; HIST 153: U.S. History Since 1865

Major Field

Colonial American History

Other Fields

19th Century American History, Public History, and British World History

Advisor
Tyler Boulware 

Research Interests

Ms. Miller's research focuses on Moravian mission communities in the Ohio country during the late eighteenth century. Between 1772 and 1782, the Moravian church fostered a number of mission towns along the Muskingum River in the Ohio country. These congregations flourished until the violence of the American Revolution forced the Moravians from the Muskingum Valley. Women were particularly vital to mission efforts, structuring informal kin networks within the mission towns to nurture their families and maintaining contact with family members outside of the Moravian communities.

Although many scholars have delved into the world of “white Indians,” there is a dearth of scholarship on “redeemed” captives who, in missionary David Zeisberger’s words, could not “fit in with White people” but also did not “want to live among the savage Indians any more.” She hopes to expand the scholarship on these former captives, examining how the Ohio mission towns fostered a community of women in which Native American, German, and acculturated captive women not only structured cohesive kin networks to nurture their families but also continued to play a key role in broader Native and white relationships. More broadly, my research will focus on the economic, social, political, and cultural significance of the Moravian missions in the Ohio backcountry and how those missions are remembered today.