Laura Miller is a public historian and historical consultant based in Western Massachusetts. She specializes in research, writing, and oral history projects for history organizations and other nonprofits, and previously worked as a Historian at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Miller holds a PhD in History and MA in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Centering Women’s Rights in the Population Field: The Ford Foundation and Sexual Health in the 1990s
A 1994 meeting moved women’s empowerment front and center for grantmaking in global population.
Documenting Injustice: Recording the Histories of the Japanese American Incarceration
The origins and legacy of a research project conducted in the American concentration camps for Japanese Americans.
The Rockefeller Foundation Makes its First Foray into Environmentalism
A short-lived environmental research program in the 1970s was an early foray into climate change funding.
The Rockefeller Foundation and Civil Liberties During the Early Cold War
A foundation-supported publication challenged McCarthyism and caused a controversy.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Role in Creating the Atomic Bomb
In the aftermath, Foundation staff struggled to rectify their organization’s involvement with this weapon of mass destruction.
World War II & the Rockefeller Foundation
Saving threatened scholars and confronting a dramatically changed world.
War of the Worlds: Rockefeller Philanthropies, Disinformation, and Media Literacy in the 1930s
Orson Welles’s 1938 radio performance of The War of the Worlds prompted a foundation to explore issues of media literacy and fake news.