Dr. Jon Miller

Dr. Jon Miller

Title: Professor, Director of UA Press
Dept/Program: English
Office: Olin 301b
Phone: 330-972-5717
Email: mjon@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Jon Miller received his Ph.D. in English from The University of Iowa in 2000 with a dissertation on the literary history of temperance and prohibition in America before the Civil War. His B.A. with Honors was awarded from The University of Delaware in 1992. He has been at the University of Akron since the Fall of 2000; in 2002 he won a Favorite Faculty Award from National Residence Hall Honorary. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at The Library Company of Philadelphia in 1999 to conduct research on his scholarly edition of T. S. Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar-Room, an important antebellum novel, which was published by Copley Publishing in 2002. His scholarship focuses on major and minor works of American literature and their historical context. He also focuses on scholarly editing and the preparation of new editions of antebellum literary works for scholars, students, and general readers. In 1999 and 2000, he served as Managing Editor of The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. From 2000 to 2006, he edited The Social History of Alcohol Review and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. With David Fahey, he is currently editing an encyclopedia on the history of alcohol and drugs in North America for ABC-CLIO. He published an edition of Nathaniel Parker Willis's short stories, with significant contributions by University of Akron graduate students in English, as Sketches at Home and Abroad (2010). He is currently preparing a series of new editions for The University of Akron Press; the next forthcoming title will be a critical edition of a very rare and important early Western ladies' magazine, The Akron Offering, which was first published in 1849. In addition to these scholarly and critical editions, Jon Miller has also published scholarly articles on Walt Whitman, Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby, the teaching of scholarly editing, late nineteenth-century Akron, and the literary history of drinking and temperance in world literature. In the Spring of 2008 he became Assistant Chair and Undergraduate Advisor for the English Department.


University of Akron Faculty Research Fellowship, 2003
Favorite Faculty Award, National Residence Hall Honorary, 2002
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1999-2000
University National Merit Scholarship, University of Delaware, 1988-1992


N.P. Willis, Sketches at Home and Abroad. Ed. Jon Miller et al. Akron: University of Akron Press, 2010.

T. S. Arthur, Ten Nights in a Bar-Room; and, What I Saw There. Ed. Jon Miller. Acton: Copley Publishing, 2002. Second printing, 2005.

Articles, Essays, Notes, and Introductions

“'Father Walt': Frances Willard and Walt Whitman." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 28 (Summer/Fall 2010), 54-60.

 “Petroleum V. Nasby, Poet of Democracy, and his ‘Psalm of Gladness.’” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 27 (Summer/Fall 2009), 72-78.

“Making Scholarly Editions in the Classroom.” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 3:1 (Summer 2009), 22-40.

“Introduction: Getting and Preparing Food in 1887 Akron, Recipes by Ladies of St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church.” Introduction for Harriet Angel, Recipes by Ladies of St. Paul’s Church. New edition with photo insert (Akron: The University of Akron Press, 2009), ix-xix.

“Representations of Drinking in Literature.” Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003), 1: 375-79.

“Representations of Temperance in Literature.” Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003), 1: 379-83.

 “‘Dear Miss Ella’: George L. Chase’s Whitman-Inspired Love Letters.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 19 (2001): 69-89. 

“‘Heavens Good Cheer’: Puritan Drinking in the Meditations of Edward Taylor, 1682-1725.” Dionysos: Journal of Literature and Addiction 8:2 (Summer 1998): 30-44.


Ph.D., University of Iowa