Education: BA (DePauw University, Economics and English,1956); MA (Indiana University, Journalism, 1962); PhD (Indiana University, Political Science and African Studies, 1967). Certificate in Swahili (UCLA, 1963).
Experience: United States Air Force (1956-1959), Highest rank, Captain; Correspondent, Asia and Africa (1959-1960); Graduate Fellow, Indiana University (1960-1963); PhD Research Fellow, East Africa (1964-1966); Indiana University Fellow (1966). Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (1966-1969); Associate Professor, Michigan State University (1969-1971). Founder and Editor, Rural Africana (1967-1971); Correspondent for East Africa, American Universities Field Staff (1969-1985); Director, Documentary Film Project, AUFS (1972-1978); Professor, Research Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School (1978-2016); Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth Department of Anthropology (1982); Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth Department of Environmental Studies (1981-2012); President, African-Caribbean Institute, 1983-present; Founder and Editor, AIDS and Society (1988-1994); Director and Co-Director, Civil Military Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (1992-2000); Advisor, United Nations (UNEP, UNAIDS, WHO, 1990-2005); Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth Medical School, 2017-present.
Honors and Awards: Research and teaching fellowships, Indiana University (1960-1966), faculty grants, Michigan State University (1967-1969). Teaching citation, MSU, 1968. Twenty field research grants, contracts, and project awards (National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNDP, WHO, UNAIDS, UNEP, USAID, USDoD, et al.,1967-2002).
Publications: 7 books, 90 articles and papers on African politics, rural politics, pedestrian societies, rural development, wildlife management, traditional healing, cross-cultural medicine, HIV/AIDS policy, HIV/AIDS in world military, witchcraft, witchcraft violence, human rights, visual evidence, ethnographic film
Films: Produced/directed 28 educational documentary films funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Food and Agriculture Organization (UN). Topics: anthropology, agriculture, development, women, education, socialization, religion/beliefs, human adaptation, population issues.
(see full Miller Bibliography).
Background: Born, Rochester, Minnesota, 1933; schooled Mexico City, Arlington, Virginia. Married: Judith von Daler, 1973, in Nairobi, Kenya. Children: Scott Kellogg Miller, Amy Victoria Miller Eberhardt. Resident, Norwich, Vermont.
Judith von D. Miller
Norman Miller’s wife Judith is the author of “Art in East Africa: Contemporary Guide to East African Art” (TBS, 1975). They make their home in Norwich, Vermont.
Scott Kellogg Miller and Lindsay McClure Miller
The author’s son Scott and his wife Lindsay are co-founders of World Story Exchange. World Story Exchange partners with schools and educational organizations to offer documentary storytelling workshops to youth ages 7-23. They travel the world giving workshops that invite students to explore their lives, their dreams, and their concerns, while finding their creative voice using a variety of media tools and artistic approaches. They teach photography, filmmaking, writing, painting and drawing — all from a documentary perspective with ethnographic ethics.
Amy Miller Eberhardt and Thomas Raszmann Eberhardt
The author’s daughter Amy also did research in East Africa, visiting in 2005 some of the same villages that Miller worked in, finding some of the same families and asking some of the same questions that he had in his original field research. Amy’s findings are reported in the Leadership Survey.
Amy works as a high school history and English teacher and Tom works as a high school counselor. They make their home in Vermont with their young son.