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Jonson Miller, PhD

Jonson Miller, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of History
Department of History
Office: 5022 MacAlister
jwm54@drexel.edu
Phone: 215.895.0994

Education:

  • BS, Geology, West Virginia University, 1998
  • MS, Geology, University of Wisconsin, 2000
  • PhD, Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech, 2008

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

    • American history
    • Military history
    • History of engineering and technology

    Bio:

    I had worked all the way up from a BS into a PhD in geology before becoming more interested in the history of science and technology than in doing science.  I then switched to an interdisciplinary PhD program on science and technology at Virginia Tech.  I have taught at Drexel since 2007.  My teaching has evolved over time from a focus on American history and the history of technology to, increasingly, military history.  While my research has focused on the history of American engineering, even that research had a military focus (a history of the Virginia Military Institute as an early school for engineering).

    Courses Taught

    • HIST 201: US History to 1815
    • HIST 202: US History from 1815 to 1900
    • HIST 230: US Military History I (before 1900)
    • HIST 231: US Military History II (since 1900)
    • HIST 331: The American Revolution
    • HIST 338: The Vietnam War

      Selected Publications:

      • Miller, Jonson. Professional Identity and Social Struggle: Creating Engineers at the Antebellum Virginia Military Institute (Under review) 
      • Miller, Jonson. “Drexel’s Vietnam War.” In Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016. Edited by Richardson Dilworth and Scott Gabriel Knowles. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016. 
      • Falcone, Alissa, Scott Gabriel Knowles, Jonson Miller, Tiago Saraiva, and Amy Slaton. “Continuous Reinvention: A History of Engineering Education at Drexel University.”  In Building Drexel: The University and Its City, 1891-2016. Edited by Richardson Dilworth and Scott Gabriel Knowles. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016. 
      • Miller, Jonson. “Pathways and Purposes of the ‘French Tradition’ of Engineering in Antebellum America: The Case of the Virginia Military Institute.” Engineering Studies 5.2 (2013): 117-136.
      • Gary Lee Downey, Juan C. Lucena, Barbara Moskal, Thomas Bigley, Chris Hays, Brent Jesiek, Liam Kelly, Jane Lehr, Jonson Miller, Amy Nichols- Belo, Sharon Ruff, and Rosamond Parkhurst. “The Globally Competent Engineer: Working Effectively with People Who Define Problems Differently.” Journal of Engineering Education 95 (April 2006): 107-122