Derek MillerVisiting ProfessorDepartment of English and Comparative Literature
Office Hours:Tues and Thurs 3-4
Areas of Interest :Theater History; Broadway; Digital Humanities; Economics of Performance; Law and Performance; Copyright; Musical Theater
B.A. Yale University (2004); Ph.D. Stanford University (2013). Derek is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the English Department at Harvard University, where he also serves on the Committee for Theater, Dance & Media. His research considers the material relationship between the performing arts and industry, particularly the effects of law and economics on artistic production. Derek's first book, Copyright and the Value of Performance, 1770-1911, will be published in Fall 2018 by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing a quantitative history of Broadway in the twentieth century, a project that draws on data analysis to understand theater as a field of cultural production defined by competition for scarce resources. Recent publications include "On Bow and Exit Music," which examines the use of underscoring during curtain calls in the musical theater, and "Average Broadway." Other writings have appeared in Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, Musicology Australia, TDR, and Studies in Musical Theatre. More information at scholar.harvard.edu/dmiller and visualizingbroadway.com.