Courtney Pina Miller

Courtney Pina Miller

MA English Literature, Loyola Marymount University, 2014
BA American Literature and Culture, UCLA, 2011
Office Location: Rabb 248

Co-Director, Brandeis University Writing Center, 2017-2019
PhD Graduate Representative, 2015-2017
Second Year Symposium Co-Organizer, 2016

Research Interests

Transatlantic modernism; working class studies; critical race theory; representations of white trash culture and servant characters in literature, television, and film

Primary Advisor

Professor Dave Sherman

Dissertation Title

"The Hidden Working Class: Domestic Servitude in Modernist Literature"


“D.H. Lawrence’s Erotic Carnival: British Working Class Labor and Language.” Working-Class Studies Association Conference, University of Kent, U.K. September 2019

"Working Class Intelligentsia: Orwellian Class Paradox in D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover." The Working-Class Avant-Garde Symposium. London, England. June 2018

"De-Periodizing Urban Spaces." NeMLA, Annual Convention. Baltimore, Maryland. March 2017. Panel Co-Chair.

"The Lazy and Toothless Anse Burden: Examining White Trash in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying." Center for Study of Working Class Life: How Class Works Conference. SUNY Stony Brook, NY. June 2016.


“Erotic Class Masquerade: Sex and Working-Class Dialect in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” Open Library of Humanities, 6(1), p.13. DOI:

“B-Sides: Louis Bromfield’s Pleasant Valley.” Public Books, May 7, 2020.

Review of Working-Class Writing Theory and Practice, by John Lennon and Nick Hubble. Journal of Working-Class Studies, vol. 4, issue 2, December 2019, pp. 124-127.

"The Downstairs Domestic: Servant Femininity in Downton Abbey." Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the Television Series. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Academic Press. (2018).


Gilmore-Valenze Dissertation Research Prize Fall 2019
Working-Class Studies Association 2019 Young Activists and Scholars Fellowship
English Department Prize Instructorship, Spring 2019
Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, Summer 2018
Gloria Safier Endowed Fellowship in English and American Literature, 2014-2018
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2015-2016

Courses Taught

UWS: Domestic Labor: Class, Race, and Gender, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

Rednecks, Hillbillies, and White Trash: Literature and Culture of the "Deplorables," Spring 2019

Critical Reading in the Humanities & Social Sciences, Gateway Scholars Program, Summer 2018

UWS: White Trash, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

Critical Reading in the Humanities & Social Sciences, Gateway Scholars Program, Summer 2017

We are Historic: Skills for College and Career Success, Fall 2016

Academic Oral Communication, Gateway Scholars Program, Summer 2016

(TF) Representing Poverty, Caren Irr, Spring 2016

(TF) Introduction to Literary Studies, William Flesch, Spring 2016

(TF) Sex and Race in the American Novel, Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Fall 2015

(TF) Bollywood, Ulka Anjaria, Spring 2015, Fall 2018

Favorite Work

Mrs. Dalloway

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