African-American Scholar at the University of Michigan Wins Prestigious Hiett Prize in the Humanities

This coming week Tiya Alicia Miles, an assistant professor of American culture, Afro-American and African studies, and Native American studies at Michigan State University, will be awarded the Hiett Prize in the Humanities presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The annual prize is awarded in the early stages of the career of a scholar “whose work appears headed for lasting significance.” The award come with a $50,000 cash prize.

Miles’ research interests include African-American and Native American history and literature and how they relate. A native of Cincinnati, Miles is a graduate of Harvard University where she majored in Afro-American studies. She holds a master’s degree in women’s studies from Emory University and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Minnesota.