Ian Miller

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Harvard UniversityM.A., Harvard UniversityB.A., Swarthmore College

Ian M. Miller is assistant professor of history at St. John’s University.  He received his PhD from Harvard University, andspent 2016-17 as a program fellow in agrarian studies at Yale University. His research focuses on the long-term social and environmental history of China, and also engages with world environmental history, forest history, energy history, and research methods in digital humanities. He is currently working on a history of Chinese forestry, tentatively titled State, Market, and Forest in Early Modern China.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Forestry and the Politics of Sustainability in Early China,” Environmental History(forthcoming).

“Topic Modeling the 19th Century Crises”Late Imperial China (in review)

“Rebellion, crime and violence in Qing China, 1722-1911: A topic modeling approach.”Poetics. Volume 41, Issue 6, Pages 628-649 (December 2013).

Book Reviews

Review of Richard von Glahn, The Economic History of China: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century.Journal of Economic History. (forthcoming)

Review of Wensheng Wang, White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates.Journal of the American Oriental Society. (forthcoming)

Review of Joseph McDermott, The Making of a New Rural Order in South China: I. Village, Land and Lineage in Huizhou900-1600. Agricultural History. Volume 89, Number 3, Pages 479-480 (Summer2015).

Manuscripts in Preparation

State, Market, and Forest in Early Modern China

The Emergence of a Global Society

History of East Asia

History of Modern East Asia

“Of Contract and Cadaster: Forest Enclosure in Song-Yuan China.” Agrarian Studies Colloquium. Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 28, 2017

 “Legislating Fengshui: Grave Custom and Grave Law in 10th to 16th Century China.” Defining Fengshui: New Scholarly Approaches to Chinese Geomancy. Association for Asian Studies. Toronto, ON, Canada, March 19, 2017

“Identifying Long-term Trends in the Qing Veritable Records.”Digital Research in East Asian Studies. Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands July 13-16, 2016

“Sacred Forests in China: Lessons from Historical, Community-level Climate Interventions.”Inter-generational Perspectives on Climate Change.St. John’s University, Queens, NY.April 11, 2016

“Text Modeling the Emperor’s Archives: Digital Approaches to Chinese History,”University of Colorado. Boulder, COFebruary 22, 2016

“Ritual Orthodoxy and Property Rights: Graves and Land Claims in Ming-Qing China.”Organizing Justice: China and Europe from the 15th to the early 20th Century. Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, June 1-3, 2016

“Grave Groves and Timber Trees: Claiming Woodland in South China in the Ming and Qing.“Woodland and Wood Resources in Ming and Qing China. Association for Asian Studies. Seattle WA. April 2, 2016

“Jurisdictional Flexibility and Woodland Claims in Early Modern China.”Forest Transitions in Northeast Asia.American Society for Environmental History. Seattle, WA. April 1, 2016

“Jurisdictional Flexibility and Woodland Claims in Early Modern China.”Junior Faculty Speaker Series.St. John's University. Queens, NY. November, 2015

“Litigating Fengshui: the Development of Graves as Claims to Space in Late Imperial China.”Economies of Religious Space in China and Tibet.New York Conference on Asian Studies, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 17, 2015

“Genealogical Discourse and Lineage Histories in Song, Yuan, and Ming China.”Lineage as Narrative in Premodern China and Korea.Association for Asian Studies. Chicago, IL, March 29, 2015

“Genealogy in China, 1050-1650: A Topic Modeling Approach.”Classics, Anthologies and Genealogies in China and Korea, 1000-1600.Kyujanggak International Symposium for Korean Studies. Seoul, Korea, October 18, 2013

“From ‘State Mountains’ to Mountain Estates: Negotiating Private Control of Wooded Commons inEarly Modern South China.” Commoditized Crops and Contentious Commons: Transitions in Communal Land Use in East Asia. Agricultural History Society. Banff, AL, Canada, June 13, 2013

“Rice, Rocks, Silt and Sea: Ming China Maritime Perspectives and the ‘New Canal.’”Seeing from the Sea: Marine Environmental Histories. American Society for Environmental History. Toronto, ON, Canada, April 5, 2013

“Energy Markets, Monopoly and Power in China.” Asia and the New History of Energy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 21, 2013

“The View from Beijing as Perspective on Beijing: Comments on Modeling, Digital Humanities and theInfluence of Lillian Li.”Unfolding Perspectives on Chinese History and Asian Studies: A Celebration of the Contributions of Lillian Li. Swarthmore, PA, April 21, 2012

“Counting Bandits from Beijing: A Simultaneous Reading of 188 Years of Chinese Court Records,” China by Numbers. Association for Asian Studies. Toronto, ON, Canada, March 18, 2012

“Big History and the View from Beijing: A Simultaneous Reading of 188 Years of Chinese Court Records.” New Methods for Large History.Social Science History Association. Boston, MA, November 19, 2011

“500 Years of the View from Beijing: Topic Modelling Veritable Records of the Qing Dynasty”Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities Reunion Conference. UCLA. Los Angeles, CA October 22, 2011

“Dealing With Perverse People and Difficult Data in Chinese History,” Technologies and Methodologies for Historical Analysis in a Digital World. Association for Asian Studies, New England Regional Meeting. Providence, RI. October 2, 2009

“Bandits in Chinese Space.” Workshop on Research Methods. Harvard University East Asian Society. Cambridge, MA, February 28, 2009

“Smelly Lamb and Yoghurt: Food Culture and Borders in Two Chinas.” Food, Drink and Culture in China and Japan. Harvard University East Asian Society. Cambridge, MA. February 28, 2009