Timothy Melley

(513) 529-5268

Timothy Melley is Professor of English, Affiliate of American Studies, and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center.  He is the author of Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America (Cornell 2000), The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State (Cornell 2012), as well as numerous essays  His short stories have appeared in Story Quarterly, Threepenny Review, The Sun, Columbia, Mississippi Review, and Epoch.  They have also aired on Public Radio International’s “This American Life” and received mention in The Best American Stories.  He is the recipient of four teaching awards, including Miami's university-wide teaching prize, E. Philip Knox Award. He is currently writing about the cultural politics of security. 

Sarah Siff

Assistant Director

Sarah Brady Siff is a modern U.S. historian specializing in culture and policy of the postwar period. She wrote the monograph “Atomic Roaches and Test-tube Babies: Bentley Glass and Science Communication” and is currently working on a book project titled Tough on Dope: Crime and Politics in California’s Drug Wars. She is copy editor for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and contributing editor for Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

Sarah Hill

Adminsitrative Assistant

Sarah Hill is a graduate of Miami University and holds an M.A. in Public History from Central Connecticut State University.  She manages the center's financial transactions, scheduling, logistics, and event planning.

Steve Dudas

Graduate Associate for Communication

Steve Dudas is a doctoral student in English literature with interests in modern Irish poetry and children's literature. He is a founding co-editor of Threadcount Magazine. He helps with communications and event planning. 

Nicolyn Woodcock

Graduate Associate for Development
(513) 529-5221

Nicolyn Woodcock is a doctoral student in English literature with interests in Asian American studies and women's writing.  She helps the Center with grant writing and alumni and public outreach.  

Abigail Culpepper

Undergraduate Assistant

Abigail Culpepper is majoring in French and Linguistics with a focus on German. She was a 2016 summer fellow at the Luxembourg Humanities Research Institute and an Undergraduate Summer Scholar. She helps the center with office work and public events.