Patrick B. Miller
Professor Emeritus
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
Hist 215: United States History, 1877 to the Present
Hist 329A: African American History and Race Relations to 1865
Hist 329B: African American History and Race Relations Since 1865
Hist 392: Problems in History: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement
Hist 392: Problems in History: Writing and Methods for History Majors
Hist 437: Readings in African American History (Graduate Colloquium)
Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century America (Graduate Seminar)
Race, Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship in Comparative Perspective (Honors Seminar; Graduate Colloquium)
Research Interests
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American History, Cultural and Social; African American History and Rae Relations; Ethnicity and Immigration; Citizenship and Identity in Comparative Perspective; Sport History

University of California, Berkeley

History, Ph.D., 1987

Selected Publications

Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth-Century America (Co-edited with David K. Wiggins) Routledge, 2004.

The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport, (with David K Wiggins), University of Illinois Press, 2003. Runner-up for the 2003 Book Prize awarded by the North American Society for Sport History.

The Sporting World of the Modern South (Edited), University of Illinois Press, 2002.

The Civil Rights Movement Revisited: Critical Perspectives on the Struggle for Racial Equality in the United States (Co-edited with Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche and Therese Frey Steffen), LIT Verlag (Hamburg and Münster, Germany and London, UK; Transaction Press, USA, 2001).

(The Playing Fields of American Culture: Athletics and Higher Education, 1850 1945, under contract with Oxford University Press)

“Holding Center Stage: Race Pride and the Extracurriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the First Half of the Twentieth Century” in Susan Ditto, David Libby, and Paul Spickard, eds., Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion (University of Mississippi Press, 2005)

“Muscular Assimilationism: Sport and the Paradoxes of Racial Reform,” in Race and Sport: The Struggle for Equality On and Off the Field, Charles K. Ross, ed. (University of Mississippi Press, 2004).

“Sport as ‘Interracial Education’: Popular Culture and Civil Rights Strategies in the 1930s and Beyond,” in The Civil Rights Movement Revisited; and as "Before Jackie Robinson: Sport and the Civil Rights Campaign of the 1930s," in Sport and Politics: Proceedings of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, ISHPES, Budapest, 2002.

“Slouching Toward a New Expediency: College Football and the Color Line during the Great Depression,” American Studies, 40 (Fall 1999)

“The Anatomy of Scientific Racism: Racialist Responses to Black Athletic Achievement,” Journal of Sport History, 25 (Spring 1998), reprinted (abridged) in We Are A People: Narrative and Multiplicity in the Construction of Ethnic Identity, Paul R. Spickard and W. Jeffrey Burroughs, eds. (Temple University Press, 2000); reprinted in Sport and the Color Line; reprinted in David Karen and Robert E. Washington, eds, The Sport and Society Reader (Routledge 2010).

“The Manly, the Moral, and the Proficient: College Sport in the New South,” Journal of Sport History, 24 (Fall 1997); reprinted in The Sporting World of the Modern South

“To ‘Bring the Race Along Rapidly’: Sport, Student Culture, and Educational Mission at Historically Black Colleges during the Interwar Years,” History of Education Quarterly, 35 (Summer 1995); reprinted in The Sporting World of the Modern South


Miller was, most recently, the 2016-2017 J.W. Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he guided courses and presented public lectures on the topics of U.S. Civil Rights and Race Relations. Over the last decade he has offered papers and participated in History Workshops in France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Austria, Israel and Tunisia, as well as Finland.

Currently, he is co-editor of the book series, “The African American Intellectual Heritage,” published by the University of Notre Dame Press. He was a consultant on one of the inaugural exhibits of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016. At NEIU he has served as graduate coordinator and chair of the History Department.

Additional Information


J.W. Fulbright Distinguished Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 2016-2017

Distinguished Lectureship Program, Organization of American Historians, 2006-2012

J. William Fulbright Fellowship (Senior Scholar) Universität Bayreuth, Germany (Spring/Summer 2003)

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant: Co-director, NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: "Sport, Society, and Modern American Culture" (with Steven A. Riess) (Summer 2002)

J. William Fulbright Fellowship, (Senior Scholar) Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany (1998-1999)

Scholar in Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, N.E.H. Fellowship (1992 93)

Spencer Fellowship of the National Academy of Education (1990 91)

Smithsonian Fellowship, National Museum of American History (1990 91)

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