Shakespeare, Renaissance, Early Modern, British, 16th Century, Tudor, 17th Century, Stuart, Political Theology, Political Philosophy, Literary Theory, Critical Theory, Gender Studies


Professor Miller’s teaching and research focus on 16th and 17th century British literature, especially Shakespeare, as well as philosophy, literary and critical theory, and gender studies. She joined Temple’s English Department in 2008 after having completed her Ph.D. (2008) and M.A. (2004) in English, with an emphasis in critical theory, at the University of California at Irvine. Prior to this, she earned a master’s degree in Women’s Studies at Oxford (2000). Her first book, Violence and Grace: Exceptional Life between Shakespeare and Modernity, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2014. Her current book project is "Touching Absence: Love, Death, and Time in the Renaissance."

Selected Publications

  • Violence and Grace: Exceptional Life between Shakespeare and Modernity (Northwestern University Press, 2014).
  • “Ambivalent Temporality and Penitential Eros in The Winter’s Tale.” Modern Philology 144:3 (2017): 630-56.
  • “Pauline Biopolitics.” Roundtable on Eric Santner’s The Royal Remains. Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory 12.1 (2012): 11-16. Available at
  • “Sacred Life and Sacrificial Economy: Coriolanus in No-Man’s-Land.” Criticism 51.2 (2009): 263-310. Available via Project Muse or at

Courses Taught

  • English 8104, Advanced Graduate Studies in 16th-17th Century Literature: “Justice/Leagues: Biopolitics, Community, Revenge.”
  • English 8104, Advanced Studies in 16th-16th Century Literature:  “Cold Case Shakespeare:  The Hamlet Files.”
  • English 5011, Graduate Studies in Genre: “Shakespeare and Paul.”
  • English 5014, Graduate Studies in Renaissance Literature: “Political Life and its Exceptions in Shakespeare.”
  • English 4597, Studies in Renaissance Literature: “Living outside the law: Dramas of revenge.”
  • English 3222/3221, Advanced Shakespeare: “Romans, Britons, Others: Gender and Nation in Shakespeare”; “Shakespearean Misrule”; "Late Shakespeare"
  • English/Women’s Studies 3097, Feminist Theory
  • English 3096, Texts and Criticism
  • English 2297, Introduction to Shakespeare
  • English/Women’s Studies 2197, Women in Literature: “Feminism and Fairy Tales”
  • English 2201. Survey of English Literature, Beginnings through 1660: “Gods, Monsters, and Makers”
  • English 2097. Introduction to English Studies