Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

P: (540) 464-7240
F: (540) 464-7779

227 Scott Shipp Hall
Lexington, VA  24450 

email to: english@vmi.edu


Emily P. Miller, Ph.D.

Emily MillerProfessor & Head
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistics Studies

Navas-Read Institute Professor of English Literature  

Ph.D. - University of Virginia
M.A. - College of William & Mary
B.A. - College of William & Mary

220 Scott Shipp Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
P:  (540) 464-7240
F:  (540) 464-7779
E:  millerep@vmi.edu

COL Emily Miller is the Navas-Read Professor of English Literature and Head of the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies. She taught at Wake Forest University and Washington and Lee University, where she directed the Writing Center, before joining the VMI faculty in 1988. 

COL Miller is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary. Although her graduate work at the University of Virginia focused on John Donne, she has spent the past twenty-five years teaching Shakespeare. In her capacity as Navas-Read Professor, she launched the VMI Undergraduate Shakespeare Symposium in 2007. Since 1999, she has served as organizer and key presenter for panels on teaching Shakespeare at the annual meeting of the American Culture Association in the South, and she has frequently featured cadet presenters in the program. 

COL Miller has served as a mentor for many published and award-winning cadet research projects, including:

  • Hall, Kacey. “Hamlet: A Struggle Between Reason and Rashness.” First Place, Writing Across the Curriculum, 2013 Academic Writing Contest.
  • LaMagna, Joseph. Electronic Portfolio in HNL 380WX Shakespeare: Power and Politics. First Place, ePortfolio Project, 2013 Academic Writing Contest.
  • Singleton, Michael. “’What ish my nation?’: The Presentation of Emerging British Nationalism in Shakespeare’s Henry V.” First Place, Writing Across the Curriculum, 2012 VMI Academic Writing Contest.
  • Dawson, Frederick M. “Martial Law in Elizabethan England and in Henry V.” Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, New Orleans, 2011; 2012 VMI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Published in the 2012 New Horizons.
  • Gragg, Kimberley M. “Feminine Power in Shakespeare.” Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, New Orleans, 2011. Published in the 2012 New Horizons. Third Place, Writing Across the Curriculum, 2011 VMI Academic Writing Contest.
  • Willis, Cabell F. “Manipulative Persuasion: Shakespeare’s Use of Rhetoric in Henry V as a Window to Early Modern England.” Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, New Orleans, 2011. Published in the 2012 New Horizons. First Place, Writing Across the Curriculum, 2011 VMI Academic Writing Contest.
  • Dawson, Frederick M. “A Powerful Fear: How Early Modern England’s Fears Developed Into a World Power.” Second Place, Eportfolio Project, 2011 VMI Academic Writing Contest.
  • Johnson, Kayla A. “God’s Lieutenant on Earth? Concerns about Kingship in Macbeth.” 2010 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Savannah, and the 2011 VMI Poetry Conference. Published in the 2011 New Horizons.
  • Rende, Jessica. “Marriage and Power in Shakespeare’s King Henry V.” Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Savannah, 2010. VMI Academic Writing Contest, Second Place in Writing in the Disciplines. 
  • Brush, Alexander C. “Justice, Deceit, and Language in the Eyes of Shakespeare—The Darker Side of Rhetoric.” 2008 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Louisville, and the 2009 VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference.
  • Snyder, Alexander J. “The Merchant of Venice: Shylock—An Analysis of the Influence of/on Culture during the 17th, 18th and 19th Century Performances in England and Germany.” 2008 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Louisville, and the 2009 VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference.
  • Dommert, Christopher, “Mercy and Justice in Measure for Measure.” 2008 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Louisville.
  • DeVerna, Kyle. “Images of Authority: Henry’s Evolution as a Leader.” 2007 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Jacksonville.
  • Adams, Jeremy, “Henry V’s Order to Kill the Prisoners.” 2007 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Jacksonville.
  • Rogers, Even. "Henry V: Pragmatic Motivation Behind Inspirational Leadership.” 2007 VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference.
  • Rogers, Even. “Leadership, Politics, and Moral Ambiguity.” 2007 Conference of the American/Popular Culture Association in the South, Jacksonville.
  • Moreira, Nathaniel, "Aaron and Titus: The Problem with Patriarchy in Titus Andronicus.” 2005 VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference. Award for Best Paper in Session and for Best Paper in Conference (tie). 
  • Foran, Timothy. "What 'ish' Macmorris?: A Study of the Loss of Identity Created by Colonialism in Henry V.” 2005 VMI Undergraduate Research Shakespeare Conference.

In 1992, COL Miller became the first woman to head an academic department at VMI, and to date, she is the longest-serving department head in the school’s history. In recognition of her distinguished service to the Institute, she received the 2007 VMI Achievement Medal.