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About Jon Miller

Jon Miller is a Professor of English, and he became the Director of The University of Akron Press in 2016. His research and expertise are in American literature and scholarly editing and publishing. Before coming to Akron in 2000, Jon was the managing editor for The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, where he completed in Ph.D. dissertation on alcohol and temperance in American literature. He then served in a variety of editorial roles for The Social History of Alcohol Review and helped grow it into The Social History of Alcohol Review.His interest in scholarly editing and publishing provides content and writing projects for his American literature courses. He has edited obscure American texts for classroom use since the 1990s, and in some of his seminars students research and prepare editions of out-of-print American literature. These projects have culminated in a book-length collection of short stories by a friend of Edgar Allan Poe, numerous web-only publication, and the print-and-digital publication Nineteenth-Century Ohio Literature. His work preparing material to better tailor instruction for students of Northeast Ohio also produced The Akron Offering: A Ladies’ Literary Magazine, 1849-1850 and an edition of Horatio Alger’s From Canal Boy to President: The Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield. With David Fahey, Dr. Miller has also edited an encylcopedia on the history of alcohol and drugs in North America. With George Miller, he is co-author of The Prentice-Hall Reader.


April 2016 - Present Director, The University of Akron University of Akron Press
August 2015 - Present Professor, The University of Akron Department of English
August 2015 - January 2016 Transitional Director, The University of Akron University of Akron Press

Curriculum Vitae

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  • American and British Romantic Poetry
  • Poe and Hawthorne
  • Whitman and Dickinson
  • Scholarly Editing and Publishing
  • Politics in American Literature
  • American Romantic Fiction
  • English major senior capstone
  • American Literature 1
  • Critical Reading and Writing


August 1992 - May 2000 Ph.D., The University of Iowa ‐ English Department
August 1988 - May 1992 Honors BA, The University of Delaware ‐ English Department

Selected Books (3)

Selected Articles (5)

Educational Resources (6)