Tiya Alicia Miles is a historian. She is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Program in American Culture, Center for Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, and Native American Studies Program. Her research includes African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories (especially 19th century); Black, Native, and U.S. women's histories; and African American and Native American women's literature.
Tiya Miles was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where most of her family still resides. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan on a tree-lined street with her husband, the academic psychologist Joseph Gone
Tiya’s first book, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, was published by the University of California Press in 2005 and received four awards from historical, humanities, American studies, and Native American studies associations, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best first book in American history and recognition from the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association as one of the ten most influential books of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
She is also the author of The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2010, which was awarded three historical book prizes including the best book award from the National Council on Public History. Miles is the co-editor, with Sharon P. Holland, of Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (2006) and has published various personal essays on race, feminism, and identity as well as academic articles on women’s history and black and Native interrelated experience.
In 2011, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Miles graduated from Harvard University with an A.B., from Emory University with an M.A., and from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. She was an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar from 2007 to 2008.