Sylvia Miller

Senior Program Manager, Publishing Innovations

Humanities Futures Publications Manager

Sylvia Miller holds the position of Senior Program Manager, Publishing Innovations at the FHI. In this capacity, she will advise faculty, graduate students, and the FHI humanities labs on publishing-related projects; liaise with the Library and other campus units and programs on publishing-related issues and collaborations; and contribute to grant writing and program planning, including a series of events on publishing literacy. Sylvia also serves as Publications Manager for the Mellon-funded Humanities Futures publishing platform, which will eventually include 75+ "think pieces" by leading humanities scholars from around the world.

Sylvia brings to FHI decades of experience in both traditional and experimental scholarly publishing. As Executive Editor at Scribner Reference and later Publishing Director of Reference at Routledge, she commissioned and published scholarly content for a wide audience, including many multivolume and online encyclopedias that won ALA Best Reference honors and the prestigious Dartmouth Medal.

After moving to North Carolina in 2005, she turned her focus to new forms and methods of publishing, starting with her role as Director of the Mellon-funded Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement project at UNC Chapel Hill, which experimented with new interactive and multimedia publishing formats and workflows and digitized the complete collection of Southern Oral History Program interviews.

Over the past 4 years at FHI, she has coordinated several Mellon-funded international scholarly collaborations and managed the grantee organization, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).  The grant projects involved 20 subcontracting universities around the world and produced many publications, including collaborative websites, a new online journal, and a documentary film. She also co-founded the working group Publishing Makerspace, which won a place at the Scholarly Communications Institute in 2014 and continues to run workshops.

She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. from Columbia University, both in Comparative Literature.