Catriona Miller

History Lab Coordinator

Advisor: Anne Hansen
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Office: 4255 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4078 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3309
Office Hours: History Lab Appointments

Catriona Miller


I am a historian of modern Southeast Asian history with research interests in gender and women’s history, race and class, modernity , urbanism, and social mobilities in twentieth century Southeast Asia, colonial Indochina, Cold War Cambodia, and Trans-Asia. My dissertation research examines gender, power, and modern state-building in colonial and post-colonial Cambodia (1900 – 1970). Using multi-archival methods and oral histories, I examine how the transition from monarchy and royal patronage to a modern bureaucratic system reconstituted the gender relations within Cambodian society. Moreover, I show how elite women constructed discourses on gendered participation in the modern nation-state. The last chapter of my dissertation draws on oral histories to provide insight into the lived experiences of girls and women who attended school and worked in the mid-twentieth century.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
B.A., (with Honors) Loyola University Maryland


  • Southeast Asian History

MA Title

  • “Are Women Becoming Like Men? Khmer Gender Discourse in A Global Context”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Gendering Modern Cambodia (1900 – 1970)”

Selected Publications

  • “Wooden Guns and Blue Skirts: Female Volunteers in Cold War Cambodia” Asia Dialogue, January 2019

Selected Awards

  • NSEP Boren Fellowship, 2017 – 2018
  • Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellowship, 2017 – 2018
  • Excellence in Service, History Department TA Award, 2017
  • Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship, Summer 2016
  • Davis-Gerstein Travel Grant, Summer 2016
  • FLAS Fellowship, 2014 – 2015, Summer 2015, 2015 – 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • AAS (Association of Asian Studies)
  • AHA (American Historical Association)
  • Phi Alpha Theta

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 246 – Southeast Asian Refugees of the Cold War
  • History 319 – Vietnam Wars

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft: Histories of Trauma—the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, and #Metoo