Professor Wilbur Miller will discuss the Civil War and Reconstruction. Professor Miller became interested in the history of policing when he was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, during the Free Speech Movement. His instructor there started him on a dissertation, completed at Columbia University that became his first book, Cops and Bobbies (1977). It compared New York and London police in the nineteenth century. His next project moved to the South and the federal government: Revenuers and Moonshiners (1991) which sought to demonstrate that there was a more active national state after Reconstruction than is usually described. Since then he has edited a five-volume encyclopedia, The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America (2012) and is currently working on an overview of the history of private policing in the United States. He teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the history of crime and criminal justice, and the history of New York City.
Professor Miller has taught history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for 36 years.