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William F.S. Miles

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Professor of Political Science

A five-time Fulbright award recipient and author of a dozen solely authored books, Professor Miles teaches the undergraduate courses Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, Music and Politics, and the Politics of Developing Nations; on the graduate level, courses on international development.  A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Professor Miles is fluent in French, Hausa and Bislama and conversational in Creole/Kreol and Hebrew.  Public radio, including NPR, has broadcast a dozen of his commentaries.

Project Websites:

African Borderlands Community Development (ABCD) South Pacific Puzzle: Coping with Independence Third World Views of the Holocaust
  • Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies
  • Israel Institute Research Grant
  • National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, 2013.
  • Quebec Studies Program research grant (Government of Québec, Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie). “Francophone Sephardim in Montreal: Institutional, Diplomatic, and Demographic Trends,” 2009-10.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Stipend for electoral study of French Antilles, 2007.
  • National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Zion in the Desert. American Jews in Israel’s Reform Kibbutzim, 2007.
  • Earhart Foundation Fellowship for book research support on comparative colonialism, 2006.
  • Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research grant (American Philosophical Society) for “Field Work in Upper Mekong,” 2005.
  • Robert D. Klein Lecturer. “Rhythm ‘n Jews. The Musical Interplay Between Blacks and Jews in America.” Northeastern University, March 8, 2001.
  • American Philosophical Society grant for research on “African Border Life at the Millennium,”awarded 2000.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Studies, nationally competitive Summer Seminar for Faculty, 2000.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship for Africa (Mauritius), 1996-7.
  • Academic Specialist Program, United States Information Agency, February 1992. Was featured speaker at American Studies Association of Nigeria conference on “Democracy, Nationalism, and National Integration.”
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship for the Pacific Islands (New Caledonia, Vanuatu), 1991.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1989.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Professional Development Grant, 1987-8.
  • Fulbright Short-Term Research Grant for Nigeria, 1986.
  • International Security Studies Research Grant (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), 1984.
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship for Nigeria, 1983-4.
  • Shell International Studies Research Fellowship, 1982-3.
  • Edmund A. Gullion Prize (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), 1982.
  • Fletcher School Fellowship, 1981-2.
  • Fulbright-Hays French Government Teaching Assistantship for Martinique, 1980-1.
  • Peabody Fellowship for International Studies, 1979-80.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, elected 1977.
  • U.S. Representative to International Bible Contest, Jerusalem, 1971.
  • First Place Winner, National Bible Contest, 1970.

Related Schools & Departments

  • Education

    PhD, 1983
    The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

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    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115