Derek Miller

Dr. Miller joined the Harvard English Department in 2013. His research considers the material relationship between the performing arts and industry, particularly the effects of law and economics on artistic production. He draws on both traditional archival and digital methods in his work. Other research interests include musical theater and music-as-performance. His first book, Copyright and the Value of Performance, explores the implicit legal theories of the performing arts in nineteenth-century Anglo-American copyright law and is under contract with Cambridge University Press. His current research project is Visualizing Broadway, a project in the digital humanities that combines data mining and visualization with close readings of plays to explore mid-century Broadway and the long history of theatrical production. The project investigates theater as a field of cultural production defined by competition for scarce resources, in which success is the exception, mediocrity and failure the rules. In addition to his book projects, Miller's recent articles include "On Bow and Exit Music," which examines the use of underscoring during curtain calls in the musical theater, and "Average Broadway," which outlines the ideas underlying his digital humanities research. Other articles and reviews have appeared in Theatre JournalModern DramaContemporary Theatre ReviewMusicology AustraliaTDR, and Studies in Musical Theatre. His experience as a theater practitioner includes work as an actor, writer, music director, and dramaturg. More information at and