Cynthia Miller is a cultural anthropologist specializing in popular culture and visual media. She is a Kansas Humanities Council Scholar, a Research Fellow of the Will Rogers Memorial, and former Fellow of the Boston Historical Society. Her recent awards include the 2012 Jim Welsh Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Adaptation Studies and the 2013 Peter C. Rollins Book Award in Popular Culture Studies (for Steaming Into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology).
Cynthia is past president of the Literature-Film Association, and also serves as Director of Communications and Film Review Editor for Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies. Her professional service also includes roles on the editorial boards of The Journal of Popular Television, Bloomsbury Press’s Guide to Contemporary Directors book series, and The Encyclopedia of Women and Popular Culture.
Cynthia has written and spoken extensively on the B-movie and exploitation film genres.
She is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary, From Big Screen to Small (Scarecrow Press), and co-editor of Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men: Televised 'Rocketman' Series of the 1950s and Their Fans (with A. Bowdoin Van Riper; Palgrave MacMillan), Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier and its sequel Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (both with A. Bowdoin Van Riper; Scarecrow Press), Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film (with Jakub Kazecki and Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Scarecrow Press), and International Westerns Re-locating the Frontier (with A. Bowdoin Van Riper, Scarecrow Press). She is currently at work on another edited volume: The Horrors of War: The Living, the Undead, and the Battlefield (publication date: March, 2015).