Tiya Miles is a Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is a public historian, academic historian, and creative writer whose work explores the intersections of African American, Native American, and women’s histories. Her temporal and geographical zones of greatest interest include the 19th-century US South, Midwest, and West. Miles is the award-winning author of five books and coeditor of a collection of essays. Her most recent book, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (The New Press, 2017), won a 2018 American Book Award, a 2018 James A. Rawley Prize, a 2018 Merle Curti Social History Award, and the 2017 James Bradford Biography Prize, and it was a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and a New York Times Editor’s Choice.
Miles holds an AB in Afro American studies from Harvard University, an MA in women’s studies from Emory University, and a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota. She has received a Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.