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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 journal articles about Costa Rican and Mexican theatre. She currently serves on Latin American Theatre Review’s Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board of Escena: Revista de las Artes and is the contributing editor for Central American, Caribbean, and Mexican drama for the Library of Congress's Handbook of Latin American Studies.

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 conference presentations and publications. She also staged with her seminar students Costa Rican playwright Miguel Rojas’s Carnaval de manso rebaño salvaje, hosting the dramatist for for a two-week artistic residency on campus.

  • Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund Award, CNU's Class of 2013. (2017)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). "Ley seca" by Angie Cervantes: The Ordeal of a Costa Rican Teenage Girl. Latin American Theatre Review. Volume, 51. Issue, 1. Pages, 101-116.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). Female Friendships and Feminism in Two Plays by Claudia Barrionuevo. Ixquic: Revista Hispánica Internacional de Análisis Literario y Cultural. Volume, 12. Issue, 1. Pages, 68-84.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). Contemporary Latin American Theatre from Page to Stage: An Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Seminar for Advanced Level Spanish Language Students. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Volume, 6. Issue, Fall 2015. Pages, 58-66.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2011). Las contradicciones de ser mujer en Costa Rica en el siglo XXI en la dramaturgia emergente: El cuerpo femenino. Letras Femeninas. Volume, 37. Issue, 1. Pages, 125-37.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2010). La política como performance en el teatro costarricense de la presente década: El metateatro y la denuncia de la corrupción. Tramoya: Cuaderno de Teatro, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico. Volume, 102. Issue, January/March 2010. Pages, 71-80.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2009). Staging Revolutionary France in Contemporary Costa Rica. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures. Volume, 63. Issue, 4. Pages, 235-50.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2009). Acting Women: An Analysis of Gender Roles in Ana Istarú's Hombres en escabeche in Comparison with Elena Garro's La señora en su balcón and Carmen Boullossa's Cocinar hombres. Latin American Theatre Review. Volume, 42. Issue, 2. Pages, 103-119.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2006). Códigos estéticos y culturales en el teatro de la Nueva Ola en Costa Rica. Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos. Volume, 13.
  • Elaine Miller, 49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, "A Second Chance at Love in Recent Costa Rican and Mexican Plays," Pittsburgh, PA. (2018)
  • Elaine Miller, Vigésimas Segundas Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano, "Identidades nacionales y masculinidades en la escena costarricense: Ollas de presión de Amadeo Cordero," Puebla, Mexico. (2014)
  • Elaine Miller, IV Congreso Centroamericano de Estudios Culturales, "Relaciones de pareja en el teatro costarricense emergente," San José, Costa Rica. (2013)
  • Elaine Miller, "Interinstitutional Research Project: "Towards a History of Central American Literatures" (HILCAS-CONARE)," Sponsored by University of Costa Rica / National University of Costa Rica / Costa Rican Technological Institute

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