Madison, WI 53706, USA
University of Wisconsin—Madison
New Haven, CT 06520, USA
45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459, USA
4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004, USA
University of Houston
500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
(Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-a...)
Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers.
(William Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely...)
William Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely and seemingly banal social occasions and shows us what is buried behind them.
(William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the wo...)
William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order and meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us.
(Whether consulting Aristotle or private soldiers, Miller ...)
Whether consulting Aristotle or private soldiers, Miller elicits consistently compelling insights into a condition as endlessly interesting as it is elusive.
(In Losing It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wi...)
In Losing It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wit and learning to the subject of growing old.
(William Ian Miller presents a close reading of one of the...)
William Ian Miller presents a close reading of one of the best known of the Icelandic sagas, showing its moral, political, and psychological sophistication.
Miller graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison with a bachelor's degree in 1969. He then obtained his master's degree, a doctorate in English and doctorate in laws at Yale University in 1973, 1975, and 1980, respectively.
William Ian Miller began his career as a literary scholar specializing in Icelandic sagas, before taking a law degree and uniting his two disciplines in a legal teaching career that has focused on literary and historical sources. In 1975, he became an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown and worked there until he was admitted to Wisconsin bar in 1980. The next year, he joined the University of Houston as an associate professor of law, and in 1984, started his long relationship with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he currently holds the position of Thomas G. Long Professor of Law.
Miller is also Honorary Professor of History at the University of St. Andrews and was a visiting professor at Yale, University of Chicago, and the University of Bergen.
Miller's research centres on saga Iceland, from which the materials studied in his course Bloodfeuds and which provides the sources for his Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland (1990). He also has written about emotions, mostly unpleasant ones involving self-assessment, and select vices and virtues. Thus his books: Humiliation (1993); The Anatomy of Disgust (1997); The Mystery of Courage (2000); Faking It (2003), which deals with anxieties of role, identity, and posturings of authenticity; and Losing It (2011), where he turns a jaundiced eye toward aging and decline. Eye for an Eye (2006) is an extended treatment of the law of the talion. Audun and the Polar Bear: Luck, Law, and Largesse in a Medieval Tale of Risky Business (2008) offers an expansive interpretation of a superbly crafted short Icelandic tale. "Why is your axe bloody:" A Reading of Njáls Saga is exactly what the subtitle indicates; yet another book on a saga, Hrafnkel or the Ambiguities: Hard Cases, Hard Choices, appeared in 2017.
(Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-a...)1990
(William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the wo...)1997
(Whether consulting Aristotle or private soldiers, Miller ...)2009
(William Ian Miller presents a close reading of one of the...)2016
(This book is about the intrusive fear that we may not be ...)2003
(This book is a historical and philosophical meditation on...)2005
(William Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely...)1993
(In Losing It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wi...)2011
(In 'Why is your axe bloody' W.I. Miller offers a lively, ...)2014
Miller is a member of the Law and Society Association, American Society of Legal History and American Historical Association.
Miller is married to Kathleen Koehler since January 11, 1983. The marriage has produced 4 children: Bess, Eva, Louis, and Harald.