COMO YOU KNOW: Elizabeth B. Miller

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Elizabeth Miller is the International Communications Coordinator at MU International Programs. Once a school teacher, Miller enjoys the richness of different cultures and is inspired to help others to see the world.

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Name: Elizabeth B. Miller

Title: International Communications Coordinator at the Office of Vice Provost for International Programs, MU

Birthday: June 19, 1975

Born Place: Boston, Mass.

Education: Bachelor's degrees in political science and Russian language, Bryn Mawr College, 1998; master's degree in education, Rice University, 2003; master's degree in political science, MU, 2011

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Elizabeth Miller went on her first trip with her grandparents to the United Kingdom, where her father’s family had come from. Small things like British accents, biscuits and cookies at teatime, and the red telephone box excited this 13-year-old girl. One of her fondest memories is a trip to William Shakespeare’s home, where a foreign culture she read in books came to life in front of her eyes.

In exploration of her Russian heritage from her maternal grandparents, she studied Russian language and went to Russia in the early 1990s. At a time with no Internet, she began a lifelong journey to learn about other cultures and languages and help others do the same. By the beginning of 2014, she had been to more than 30 countries.

Miller’s parents, father John Bissell, a neurologist, and mother Joan Bissell, a professor, were dedicated to creating a learning environment at home. They encouraged Miller and her younger brother to "experience everything in life."

Her mother, an educational psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach, had a habit of taking Miller to every museum she could possibly find in town. Her mother had a profound influence on Miller’s career pursuit of education.

She taught at Pin Oak Middle School in Houston, Texas, for three years and later at Rock Bridge High School for two years. The classes she taught included American Popular Culture, U.S. History, Psychology and Advanced Placement Economics.

Miller is married to MU economics associate professor J. Isaac Miller. As of January 2014, they lived in Columbia with two cats, Eddie and Luna.

Updated: May 9, 2014

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