Dr. Miller, Professor of English at USU, became Director of the University Honors Program in July 2014. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Honors Program (in English), she also earned her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and American literature. She is particularly interested in war and has written a book, British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People’s War (2009), that examines fiction and films about the bombed London home front during World War II. Her recent research is on post–9/11 literature and culture. She has published articles on the trauma of NYPD cops in Jess Walter’s novel The Zero and RAF fighter pilots in A. L. Kennedy’s novel Day. She has also edited a collection of essays entitled Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise (2014). Recently, her son asked her how a person so happy at home could be so obsessed at work with violence and trauma. She realized that war fascinates her not because of its destructive power but because of the creative potential it reveals in the mind’s response.
This ability to think, create, and innovate—even in the worst of times—defines us as human beings. Dr. Miller hopes that the University Honors Program will guide students in following the wise advice of Horace: “Sapere Aude” or “Dare to Know.”
Amber Summers-Graham joined the University Honors Program in August 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of North Dakota in August 2007. Amber had the opportunity to participate in several archaeology excavation and survey projects in Nevada, North Dakota, and Minnesota. In 2006, she spent two months doing survey and excavation work in Jordan at an ancient Roman Castellum. Amber is currently pursuing a graduate degree in American Studies here at USU.
Amber loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and their daughters Abby and Anaise. Her interests include gardening, gaming, reading, lithics, and rebuilding old vehicles with her family. Amber loves living vicariously through all of the amazing things the Honors students do every semester.