By: Alberto C. Jones
It was homecoming for the University of Michigan’s Dr. Tiya Miles, who visited UC in late September as a speaker in the Taft Lecture Series.
A native of Cincinnati, Dr. Miles is an Associate Professor of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, Women Studies, and Native American Studies. She received her B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University, her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Emory University, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.
She is the author of several books, including Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, and Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era. Her current book in progress is Captive Detroit: A Chronicle of Bondage and Freedom, 1763-1815. In 2011, she received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in African American and Native American History.