Dr. Susan A Miller
Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies
405-7 Cooper Street – Room 312
Camden, NJ 08102
Youth and Childhood in 19th and early 20th century America; history of athletics and physical education; gender and civic responsibility; science and sexuality.
Susan A. Miller, PhD (BA, University of Pennsylvania; MS, UPenn Graduate School of Education; MA, Women’s Studies, University of York, England; PhD in History & Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania), joined the Rutgers-Camden Department of Childhood Studies in September 2009. She is the author of Growing Girls: The Natural Origins of Girls’ Organizations in America (Rutgers, 2007) and a contributor to Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement’s First Century (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) Dr. Miller’s research and teaching interests include athletics and physical culture, science and sexuality, and Progressive Era youth culture and organizations. She is a former high school mathematics and history teacher.
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Dr. Miller teaches graduate courses in historical methods and the history of childhood, as well as undergraduate courses in the history of childhood in America.
“Trademark: Scout,” in Scouting Frontiers: Youth and the Scout Movement’s First Century, Tammy M. Proctor and Nelson R. Block, eds. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
“Discovering Summer,” Winterthur Portfolio, Volume 42, no. 1, Spring 2008. .
Growing Girls: The Natural Origins of Girls’ Organizations in America, Rutgers University Press, September 2007.
“The Politics of Pageantry,” European Social Science History, Lisbon, Portugal, March, 2008.
Roundtable Discussant, Documenting Scouting and Guiding in the Archives, Scouting: A Centennial History Symposium, Johns Hopkins University, February, 2008.
“Title IX: Gender Equity and Athletics at Penn,” A Panel Discussion marking the 30th Anniversary of Women’s Studies. Philadelphia, PA, March 2004.
“Real Girls, Not Stupid Country Girls: Scouting and Rural Health,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, April, 2002.
“An Evolutionary Tale of Girls and Snails,” Natural History Cabinet, Cambridge
University, England, February 2001.
“Health in the Balance: Learning Lessons from the Landscape of Summer Camp,” History of Science Society, Vancouver, BC, November 2000.
“A Splendid Army of Women: Uniforms and the Mobilization of Girls in WWI,” National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. March 2000.
“Eugenics and the Camp Fire Girls, 1912-1939,” Eugenics Past & Present: Historic Perspectives and Current Discourse, Drew University, Madison, NJ, March 1999.
“It Takes a Primitive Woman: The Role of Women in the Creation of the Appalachian Trail,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June, 1996.
Fellowships and Awards
Mellon Grant, Partnership in Faculty Assessment, Rollins College
Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Graduate Research Grant, The Rockefeller Archives
Mellon Practicum Fellowship, American Philosophical Society
Alice Paul Award for Improving the Status and Opportunities of Women at the University of Pennsylvania
Secondary School Teaching Experience
Delaware Valley Friends, Bryn Mawr
Springside School, Philadelphia
Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia
CORA-Neumann Project, Kensington, Philadelphia