Daniel Miller

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Associate Professor in Electronic Media
311A Allen Hall
(541) 346-3747
Social/Digital Media


Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1994
M.S., University of Oregon, 1986
B.S., University of Oregon, 1983

Other, Kent State University in Kent, Ohio


Dr. Daniel Miller greatly enjoys teaching students about the history of documentary films and how to make award-winning documentaries of their own. In addition to being a teacher, he is a musician, photographer, and a documentary filmmaker. Previous to his tenure at the University of Oregon he taught at Hofstra University and the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently he is teaching classes on documentary film history and theory, together with classes on documentary production. He is offering a special topics documentary history class that is about the relationship of documentary films to war and conflict. In 1996 he founded and he currently directs the Oregon Documentary Project, which has supported the production of over 60 award winning student documentary films for public and commercial broadcast. These include the Emmy winning The Heppner Flood in 1996, the National College Television Awards selection, Behind these Walls in 2007, the Cannes Film Festival Selection, Art in a Time of War in 2008, and the Emmy and National Society of Professional Journalists Award winning Inside Looking Out in 2010.  He is proud and happy to live in Oregon, to study and promote its history, society and culture, and to continue to contribute to the state, the university, and the UO School of Journalism and Communication in the area of documentary film.


Dan Miller’s research includes both written scholarship and filmmaking. He is a featured contributor to the book Inventing Vietnam, and has an article on Film, War, and Memory, and another article on Joris Ivens, Ernest Hemingway, and The Spanish Earth forthcoming as book chapters. He is currently researching and writing a book entitled Documenting War: A Survey of Documentary Film and Photojournalism on War and Conflict.  He has recently presented papers (accepted for publication) on the classic war documentaries Night and Fog (Renoir, 1955), Hearts and Minds (Davis, 1975), Taxi to the Dark Side (Gibney, 2008) and The Spanish Earth (Ivens and Hemingway, 1937), presented at the 2009 Symposium on Democracy at Kent State University and the 2010 International Hemingway Conference in Lausanne Switzerland. His own filmmaking has featured history, media aesthetics, public interest and social issue documentaries: for example, his first film was a Master’s thesis project film on the relationship of two sisters suffering from cancer, and his latest film (Fire in the Heartland) is on the 1970 shootings at Kent State and Jackson State University.  His recent work includes Dream to Fly on Howard Hughes' aviation achievements, Making Pictures on the Eugene Register Guard’s influential photojournalism staff, What We Could Carry on Japanese American Students at the University of Oregon during WWII, and Fire in the Heartland on the student civil rights and anti-war movements and the shootings that took place at Kent State and at Jackson State universities on May 4 and May 14, 1970. This film was an official selection at the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival and the opening event at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the shootings at Kent and Jackson from May 1-May 4, 2010.  The 40th Anniversary Commemoration keynote speaker and civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis, is featured with many others. During the 2009-2010 academic year Professor Miller was on sabbatical conducting research in archives, museums, and on battlefields and writing his book, Documenting War, in London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Krakow, Auschwitz, and Amsterdam.