Tiya Alicia Miles

Tiya Alicia Miles

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Tiya Alicia Miles is an author, university teacher, and public historian. She has written two prizewinning works of African American and Native American history: Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (2005) and The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010). She recently published a narrative study of race and gender in southern ghost tours entitled Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (2015). Miles is also a writer of fiction, academic articles on indigenous women’s history, and feminist essays. Her debut novel, The Cherokee Rose (2015), is set on a haunted plantation in the Cherokee territory of present-day Georgia and was named a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week. With the literary critic Sharon P. Holland, she coedited a collection of essays on Afro–Native American lives entitled Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (2006). Miles teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the departments of American culture, Afroamerican and African studies, history, Native American studies, and women's studies. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a beneficiary of a Mellon Foundation New Directions in the Humanities Fellowship, and a recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Her The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (2017), a history of the enslavement of Native Americans and African Americans in early Detroit, won the OAH Merle Curti Social History Award and the OAH James A. Rawley Prize.

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Lectures

  • "Like the Indians Themselves": Blacks in the Nineteenth-Century Cherokee Nation
  • Goat Bones in the Basement: A Tale of Race, Gender, and Haunting in Old Savannah
  • The Call of the Ancestors: Historical Imagination and the Black and Native American Past