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Susan Gilson Miller


Why History Matters in Post-2011 Morocco

[Protestors demand justice for the death of fish vendor Mohcine Fikri in al-Hoceima, Morocco, a week after his death. Image by Samia Errazzouki]

The Story of the Fishmonger A few weeks ago, the media carried the tragic story of a Moroccan fishmonger named Mouhcine Fikri, aged thirty-one, from the northern coastal town of al-Hoceima. Fikri was crushed to death by a rubbish compactor as he tried to retrieve a bundle of swordfish that had been callously tossed into the back of a garbage truck by sanitation workers, presumably acting under orders from some higher, unseen authority. Fikri was planning to sell the fish in ...

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Susan Gilson Miller


Susan Gilson Miller is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She was formerly head of the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard University and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She is currently a  Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Prof. Miller has held Visiting Lecturer appointments at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the lnstitut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISMM) at the Ecole  des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and at the Woolf Institute of the University of Cambridge. Her B.A. is from Wellesley College, she has an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the History of the Modern Middle East. Her  research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies,  the American Institute of Maghribi Studies and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Her book, The History of Modern Morocco, 1830-2000, (Cambridge University Press, 2013) won Honorable Mention  for the Leon Carl Brown Best Book award of the American Institute of Maghribi Studies in 2014. Prof. Miller is a  frequent visitor to Morocco, where she spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is now writing the biography of Hélène Cazes Benatar, Morocco’s first woman lawyer and human rights activist.