Cody Miller, Ph.D.

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



Ph.D. 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


SD 2400: Principles of Sustainable Development

SD 3535: Social Movements and Sustainable Development



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:

 Miller, C.  "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): 443-456.  Miller, C.  “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): 151-17

Title: Lecturer
Department: Sustainable Development

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8983

Office address
212 Living Learning Academic