Derek Miller

Derek Miller

Professor of English

Education: B.A., Yale University (2004)
Ph.D., Stanford University (2013)

Interests: Theater History; Copyright; Law and Performance; Economics of Performance; Musical Theater; Digital Humanities.

Recent Publications: Copyright and the Value of Performance, 1770–1911 (Cambridge University Press, 2018); "Realism" (in Ibsen in Context, Cambridge, 2021); "Comment—Defining Repertory" (in Databases, Revenues, & Repertory: The French Stage Online, 1680–1793, MIT, 2020); "On Bow and Exit Music" (Journal of American Drama and Theater, 2017); "Knowledge Transmission: Media and Memory" (in A Cultural History of Theatre, Vol. 5, Bloomsbury, 2017); "Average Broadway" (Theatre Journal, 2016); "The Salve of Duty: Global Theater at American Borders, 1875–1900" (Journal of Global Theatre History, 2016); "Performative Performances: A History and Theory of the 'Copyright Performance'" (Theatre Journal, 2012); "On Piano Performance—Technology and Technique." (Contemporary Theatre Review, 2011)

Derek Miller teaches courses in theater history and dramatic literature. His research focuses on the intersections of art and industry, particularly with respect to law and economics. Most of his work explores Anglo-American theater since 1800. He investigates theater using both traditional archival and modern digital methods. He is happy to speak with students about Digital Humanities research, as well as about any topics in theater history or drama.


I welcome conversations with students about diversity and inclusion in the department.

Contact Information

Office: Barker 071
p: 617-496-5366
Office Hours: By appointment