Graduate Student Profile - Michelle Miller

Michelle MillerRecently finished PhD student

Research interests:
adolescence, close reading, comics, object relations, queer theory

What book have you most recently read?
The last book I read for fun was Kazuo Ishuguro's The Buried Giant for my book club. While I was reading it, I liked it a medium-amount. It reads like a very slow dream and I felt sometimes frustrated by what felt like a plodding narrative. Then I got to the end and everything I had been struggling with came together and I felt devastated both by the book and that as it ended, I needed to wake up from that dream. And then the conversation my book club had about it was so excellent that it made the experience of reading it much better than it had been when I was working through it on my own. This is what I love in a book.

Favourite thing about York/Grad Program in Education?
The people! Over these six years I have been so lucky to share books and classes and beers and conference road trips with the smartest, most creative and most wonderful people this world has to offer. The conversations I've had while a student in this program have been at turns inspiring, frustrating and really deeply sustaining, and I'll carry them with me for the whole of my life. I am so grateful for the community I've been a part of while at York. When I travel to conferences, people from other institutions are always telling me how lucky I am to go to York with so many brilliant people, and they are not wrong.

What are you working on now?
Preparing for my dissertation defense!

What are you hoping to do in the future?
I might be too close to the end and having to meet the future to answer this question. I hope to find work in a department that values interdisciplinary and provocative thinking. I hope to continue to be inspired by my teaching practice, and I'm hoping to push through all my writing inhibitions to do some good work.