Professor Nicola Miller

Nicola Miller is Professor of Latin American History. She is interested in the intellectual, cultural, political and international history of the Americas, in comparative and transnational perspectives; and in nationalism and national identity, especially in the Americas. Her current research focuses on the history of knowledge in Latin America.

PhD supervision

Nicola is interested in supervising PhDs on any aspect of the nineteenth- or twentieth-century history of Latin America, especially intellectual history, the history of knowledge, or the history of nationalism.

Recently completed PhDs: Edward Shawcross, 'French Imperial Projects in Mexico, 1821-1867'; Camila Gatica Mizala, 'Cinema and Modernisation in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1890s to 1930s'; Mara Sankey, 'Transnational Networks of Democracy Promotion in the Americas, 1970s to 1980s'.

Current students: Raul Burgos Pinto, Natalia Gandara, Alfred Hinrichsen.

Major publications

  • Republics of Knowledge, Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • 'Reading Rousseau in Spanish America during the Wars of Independence (1808-1826', in Engaging with Rousseau: Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, ed. Avi Lifschitz, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016, 114-35.
  • America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America, ed. with Axel Körner and Adam Smith, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London, 2012.
  • Reinventing Modernity in Latin America: Intellectuals Imagine the Future, 1900-1930, Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London, 2008.

For a full list of publications, see Nicola's Iris profile.



  • Latin America in Global Intellectual History (elective course for MA students)
  • MA Transnational Studies, core course
  • MA History/European History, core course
  • Convenor: Writing History, Making History, Concepts and Categories (skills courses for first-year undergraduates)