Cody Miller, M.A.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Environmental history, agroecological change, and food systems; farms, forests, and society; environmental humanities and place-based pedagogy; labor, political economy, political ecology, and social movements;  ethnohistory and Native American/Indigenous studies; sustainable community development; critical regional studies; and comparative mountain environments;  Appalachia, the American South, New England, and the United States

 

Education:

Ph.D. candidate (ABD), Environmental History, University of Maine

M.A. Appalachian Studies and Sustainability, Appalachian State University

M.A. History, University of Maine

B.A. History (minor in American Indian Studies), Virginia Tech

Teaching:

SD 2400: Principles of Sustainable Development

SD 3535: Social Movements and Sustainable Development

 

Background:

As an environmental historian and ethnohistorian, I strive to be an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar and focus on the relationships between environment, sense of place, political economy, and collective action throughout time and space.  I am especially interested in critical place-based methodologies, commons-based ideas and theories, and community-driven strategies as catalysts for creating social change.  My current research explores the environmental history, socio-cultural aspects, and community understandings of soil conservation in twentieth-century Appalachia.  Through the region’s soils, I seek to understand the role of soil conservation in creating landscape change and transformations.  Additionally, I am interested in how agroecological knowledge was and continues to be produced, disseminated, and contested in Appalachia.  I am also co-developing place-based teaching modules that use the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm as a dynamic opportunity to critically examine sense of place in agriculture through the integration of environmental humanities, social science, and agroecology.   

Representative Publications:

Cody Miller, "Sowing Seeds and Reclaiming the Commons: Possibilities and Pathways for the Future of Appalachian Agricultural History," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 116, no. 3/4 (Summer/Autumn 2018):  pp. 443-456.

Cody Miller, “The Farmer’s Family Must Find Compensation in Something Less Tangible, Less Material”: Culture and Agriculture in Maine and New England, 1870-1905,” Maine History 49, no. 2 (Summer 2015): pp. 151-176.

Title: Lecturer
Department: Sustainable Development

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8983

Office address
212 Living Learning Academic