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Faculty, Academy for Lifelong Learning

John H. Miller

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

John H. Miller teaches literature as a founding faculty member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where he was Vice President of Advancement and Fellow of the Kerr Center for Chesapeake Studies.


He received his BA from Yale College and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Miller’s teaching spans both university and secondary levels, including a Fulbright Advanced Teaching Fellowship in American Studies at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University (where he was Development Director for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences), and as adjunct professor at American University and Washington College.


Dr. Miller has published articles about Victorian childbirth traditions as reflected in literature and medical texts, and delivered numerous lectures on this topic as well as on such other subjects as Charles Dickens, international area studies, the philanthropic activities of Benjamin Franklin, and the literature of the Chesapeake Bay. A lifelong sailor he has a long-standing interest in maritime traditions as well as experience in teaching courses on world literature. In addition to his Fulbright Fellowship, he has received fellowships from Harvard’s Japan Institute, the University of Hawaii’s East Asia Institute, and Yale’s China Summer Seminar. He has traveled to India to provide development counsel to the Pardada Pardadi School in Uttar Pradesh. Two years ago, through a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, he co-facilitated a series of discussions on Literature and Medicine for administrators, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals at Memorial Hospital, Easton, Maryland. This fall he was invited to speak to the Baltimore Bibliophiles at Johns Hopkins University about Charles Dickens’ journey from Baltimore to Pittsburgh in 1842.