Catriona Miller

Position title: TA: History 308 with Professor Hansen


Advisor: Anne Hansen
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Catriona Miller


I am historian of Southeast Asia with emphasis on twentieth century Cambodia. My research interests include the histories of gender and women, decolonization, Cold War development and education, as well as postcolonial urban and rural relations. My teaching and research brings together my focus on Southeast Asian studies, training in gender and women’s histories of the United States, Europe, and Asia, and continued study of transnational feminism. My historical methodology combines mining archives, libraries, and bookstalls with oral history collection.

My dissertation Women Don’t Understand Politics at All: Gender and Decolonization in Cambodia (1900 – 1970) uses a gender analysis to examine the emerging and contested forms of power and visions of governance in decolonizing Cambodia. During the transition to a postcolonial state, negotiations of power and governance focused around issues of Buddhist monarchy, democracy, socialism, and community development. In particular, I demonstrate that beginning in the colonial period intellectual and royal women participated in discussions about politics, education, and domesticity which translated in the state’s attention to women, especially rural women.


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


  • Southeast Asian History
  • Gender and Women’s History

MA Title

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

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Women Don’t Understand Politics at All: Gender and Decolonization in 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