Melissa L Miller

Head, Philosophy Library/Humanities Librarian
Philosophy Library
Office: MHP 202

Research Areas

Dr. Melissa L. Miller's Research areas of interest: Heritage Conservation; the contributions of the Digital Humanities (with a focus on manuscripts and rare books) to the advancement of knowledge, access, and diversity of cultural heritage material; Cognitive science approach to instructional design; and, Information science.



Dr. Miller is the Head of the USC Hoose Library of Philosophy as well as a faculty librarian for the Humanities. Her most recent grant funded collaborative projects include:

Digital Humanities project funded by a USC Libraries Dean Quinlan Challenge Grant in 2019, and is ongoing. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at USC: A Multifaceted, Polymathic, and Multimodal Digital Project. As crafted and designed in concert with Dr. Danielle Mihram, our foundational tenets are;

  • Provide access to rare items in our collections;

  • Preserve and conserve these unique artifacts;

  • Add value to our collections by:

    • Building on evolving best practices and successful projects, and by

    • Building quality control into all phases of the project, from initial planning to final evaluation.


USC Provost Arts and Humanities Initiative through Visions & Voices and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study/Ahmanson Lab project titled Emotionally Intelligent Robots: More Human Than Human?

  • The videotaped event appears at:
  • The event also included a "Showcase" which you can view at:
  • The success of Emotionally Intelligent Robots in October 2019 led to additional programming with the USC   Ahmanson Lab/Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Co‐organizers: Tara McPherson, Danielle Mihram, Melissa Miller, Karin Huebner, and Curtis Fletcher. A one‐day event at The Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, “Technology, Agency, and Values: A Polymathic Exploration of Autonomy in Humans and Machines,” scheduled for February 22, 2020. This one‐day symposium will act as a follow‐up to, and expansion of, our Visions & Voices event, Emotionally Intelligent Robots: More Human than Human?


    Dr. Miller is responsible for long-range planning and establishing unit goals and objectives within the context of the USC Libraries’ and the University’s strategic plans, cultivating collaborative partnerships with fellow faculty members, staff and students in interdisciplinary research and projects. She also provides interdisciplinary research consultation and instruction in the use of library services and resources to faculty, students, and staff in Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, History of Science & Technology, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and the related disciplines of Humanities and Digital Humanities. In addition, she is responsible for developing and maintaining the print and digital collections in the Hoose Library of Philosophy, including collection development and management, and reference services.


    Dr. Miller is a first-generation college graduate who earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, with a focus in Educational Psychology (Ed.D.) from USC Rossier School of Education, a Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.) from USC Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) from USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences which she completed as a non-traditional transfer student from Pasadena City College with two Associate in Arts degrees in Humanities (A.A.) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (A.A.).

    • Master of Heritage Conservation (M.H.C.), School of Architecture, University of Southern California, (expected, 2023)
    • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, (August, 2018).
      • Dissertation Title: Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: A Cognitive Science Approach To Learning How To Learn
    • Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, (December, 2014)
    • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (B.A.), Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California, (May, 2013)
    • Associate of Arts, Humanities (A.A.), Pasadena City College, (June, 2011)
    • Associate of Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences (A.A.), Pasadena City College, (June, 2011)

    Subject Matter Expertise

    • Anthropology
    • Comparative Literature
    • History of Science & Technology
    • Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Religion