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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. Elaine M. Miller is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Christopher Newport University, whose faculty she joined in 2004. She received her B.A. in Spanish at Juniata College. Her MA in Spanish was awarded from Pennsylvania State University and her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Miller’s 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 Istmo, Ixquic, Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education, Latin American Theatre Review, Letras Femeninas, Revista Estudios, Symposium, and Tramoya.

At CNU, Dr. Miller teaches broadly within the Spanish curriculum, offering language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels. At the advanced level, she teaches language classes focused on grammar and composition and translation and interpretation and content classes about Latin American film, literature, and culture. She has worked collaboratively with students in the classroom 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.

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