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Joseph C. Miller

Joseph Calder Miller (April 30, 1939 – March 12, 2019)[1] was the T. Cary Johnson Jr. professor of history at the University of Virginia since 1972. He wrote extensively on the early history of Africa, especially Angola,[2] the Atlantic slave trade, women and slavery, and child slavery.[3]


Miller received his Bachelor of Arts at Wesleyan University in 1961 and an Master of Business Administration at Northwestern University in 1963. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving a Master of Arts in 1967 and a Doctor of Philosophy in history in 1972.

Miller was treasurer of the African Studies Association from 1989 to 1993 and served as president of that organization in 2005 and 2006. He was president of the American Historical Association in 1998. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study the world history of slavery.[4]


  • The African Past Speaks: Essays on Oral Tradition and History, Folkestone, England: Dawson; Hamden, CT: Archon, 1980, ISBN 978-0-208-01784-0
  • Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730–1830, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988, ISBN 978-0-299-11560-9
  • Equatorial Africa, Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 1976, ISBN 978-0-87229-021-1
  • Kings and Kinsmen: Early Mbundu States in Angola, Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1976, ISBN 978-0-19-822704-5
  • Slavery: A Worldwide Bibliography, 1900–1982, White Plains, NY: Kraus, 1985, ISBN 978-0-527-63659-3
  • New Encyclopedia of Africa, with John Middleton, Detroit MI: Thomson/Gale, 2008, ISBN 978-0-684-31454-9
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery, with Paul Finkelman, New York, NY: Macmillan, 1998, ISBN 978-0-02-864607-7
  • Women and Slavery, with Gwyn Campbell and Suzanne Miers, Athens OH: Ohio University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8214-1723-2
  • History and Africa/Africa and History, AHA Presidential Address, Washington, DC, January 8, 1999, published in The American Historical Review, Vol. 104, No. 1. (Feb., 1999), pp. 1–32


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