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Current Scholar

Elise Miller, PhD is an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.Elise Miller, PhD is a psychoanalytic literary scholar, college writing instructor, and clinician who studied English at Northwestern University, and earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley Department of English, after which she completed a masters degree program in clinical psychology. She has published articles, in various literary journals as well as the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association; her scholarship explores how writers negotiate unconscious conflicts around the anxieties of influence, the shame and silence of racial legacies, competition and survivor guilt, or loss and trauma. Dr. Miller won the American Psychoanalytic Association CORST Essay Prize in applied psychoanalysis two years in a row, served as a faculty member for a JAPA Netcast on "Writing about Patients;" she has presented her work on the practices of clinical authors at the New York Society and Institute Psychoanalytic Society, and led a panel discussion on author/editor relationships at the International Psychoanalytic Association Boston Congress in 2015.  

Dr. Miller’s current research, which draws upon her experiences teaching college writing, consulting with clinical authors, and leading writing groups, integrates psychoanalytic and composition theories and methods to better understand how writers enable or disable themselves when approaching and completing projects, how scholarly knowledge is produced and transmitted, and how some voices manage to join academic discourses while others end up excluded from them.

In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Miller is an Adjunct Associate Professor at St. Mary’s College of California, where she has developed writing curriculum for students and faculty; she also teaches literature, writing, and courses on race and culture for the University of California, Berkeley Fall Program for Freshmen.