Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Ellis Miller

Assistant Professor


270-D Allen
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park. 2016.
  • M.A. University of Alabama. 2011.
  • B.A. Mississippi College. 2009.

Teaching Interests

Rhetorical history and theory, digital rhetoric, and academic writing.


Elizabeth Miller’s research interests include rhetorical history and theory, public writing, and genre studies. Her current book project examines civil rights mass meetings, events Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as the “heartbeat of the movement.” This project recovers these rhetorical events and studies the ways participants used meetings as sites for engendering individual and collective identities for activist work. She has taught classes related to rhetorical history and theory, digital rhetoric, and academic writing.


  • “Remembering Freedom Songs: Repurposing an Activist Genre.” College English vol. 81, no. 1, Sept. 2018, pp. 50-72.
  • “Reframing Rhetorical Failure: Confession and Conversion in Sarah Patton Boyle’s Desegregated Heart.” Rhetoric Review 35.4 (Fall 2016): 294-307.
  • “Religion, Race, and Sentiment[alism] in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home.” In The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film, and Television, eds. Jenn Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2014. 175-189.

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Carl Bode Dissertation Prize (University of Maryland), 2017.
  • CCCC Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship Award, 2014.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence Distinguished TA Award (University of Maryland), 2014.
  • James A. Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Maryland), 2014.

Faculty & Staff