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Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 108
(757) 594-7489


  • Ph D in Spanish, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA in Spanish, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in Spanish, Juniata College


All levels of Spanish language; Techniques of Translation and Interpretation; Latin American literature and culture


Contemporary Costa Rican theatre; Contemporary Latin American theatre


Dr. Miller joined CNU’s faculty in 2004. Her primary area of academic expertise is contemporary Latin American theatre, which she approaches theoretically via gender and cultural studies. She has published articles about Costa Rican and Mexican theatre in journals such as Istmo, Latin American Theatre Review, Letras Femeninas, Symposium, and Tramoya. She currently serves on Latin American Theatre Review’s Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board of Escena: Revista de las Artes.

Dr. Miller teaches broadly within the Spanish curriculum, offering language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels. At the advanced level, she teaches grammar and composition and translation and interpretation as well as content classes about Latin American film, literature, and culture. She has worked with students on service learning and undergraduate research projects. She and her students have translated documents and provided interpretation services for Newport News Public Schools and non-profit organizations. Dr. Miller has sponsored student presentations at Padeia, CNU’s Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Conference, and the publication of an article written by one of her seminar students in The Kennesaw Tower, an undergraduate foreign language research journal. She also has worked with her seminar students to stage Costa Rican playwright Miguel Rojas’s Carnaval de manso rebaño salvaje, hosting the dramatist for for a two-week artistic residency on campus. She received the Class of 2013 Faculty Development Award for her exemplary record in student mentoring and excellence in service to the campus community.

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