R. Baxter Miller

Baxter Miller Interim Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies

Professor of English, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Professor, University of Georgia Institute for African American Studies

Ph.D., Brown University



Tucker Hall 205
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Email: rbmiller@uga.edu 
Phone: (706) 542-5197
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R. Baxter Miller is one of the nation's most prominent experts on African-American literature. Much of his scholarship has focused on the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Of the 10 books Miller has written, compiled or edited, four are on Hughes. With his 1989 book, The Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes, which won the American Book Award in 1991, Miller produced what widely is regarded as the first scholarly work to address fully the literary complexity and significance of Hughes' writing. Miller is credited with remapping the historical renaissances in American literature by demonstrating that the Harlem or New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the New Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s to 1970s were part of three complementary historical streams within a broader movement.

In addition to producing well-respected books, Miller continues to present his research to audiences throughout the world. More than twenty of his research articles appear in periodicals such as Southern Literary JournalMELUS: the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United StatesSouth Atlantic ReviewMississippi QuarterlyAfrican American Review,Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Langston Hughes ReviewAmerican Literary Scholarship and PMLA, including at least nineteen essays  that have been reprinted.

Awarded research grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1975 and the American Council of Learned Societies in 1978, he has collaborated with scholars in Ghana (2001) and Kenya (2002). In 2001 he received the Langston Hughes Prize as "scholar, editor, and steward of the tradition," and in 2010 the Ford-Turpin Award for distinguished scholarship in African American culture. Most recently, he  received the Albert  Christ Janer Award for distinguished contributions to the arts and humanities for  2013.

For more information, see the UGA English Department faculty page for R. Baxter Miller.


Teaching Specialties:
African-American literature

Research Interests:
Langston Hughes

For more information, please contact us at rbmiller@uga.edu.