Derek B. Miller

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Derek B. Miller is an American novelist, academic and international affairs specialist.

Early life and education[edit]

Miller was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Wellesley. Miller's family emigrated from Eastern Europe to Massachusetts in the late 1800s and early 1900s from the Jewish Pale of Settlement. He is married to Camilla Waszink from Norway, and they have two children.[1] Miller and his family live in Oslo, Norway.[2]

Miller is a graduate of Wellesley High School (1988), Sarah Lawrence College (B.A. in Liberal Arts, 1992), Georgetown University (M.A. in national security studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, 1996), The Graduate Institute (D.E.S in international relations, 1998, and Ph.D. 2004) with top distinction of "tres bien." Miller also studied at the Hebrew University (Israel, 1990–91), where he remained for the duration of the Gulf War, Hunter College (1993), St. Catherine's College at the University of Oxford (1995-1996 in connection with his studies at Georgetown) and finally Linacre College at the University of Oxford on full scholarship from the Europeaum Consortium in connection with his Ph.D. in Geneva.

International affairs[edit]

Miller has worked in international affairs since 1994, starting his career as an intern on Capitol Hill for then-Senator William S. Cohen (R - Maine). He was the founding editor of Georgetown's National Security Studies Quarterly and has held positions with, or consulted for, many think tanks and organizations including The Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations at Geneva; The Small Arms Survey; International Alert; the United Nations Development Programme; and The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research among others. Miller founded The Policy Lab® in 2011 where he is Director. Additionally, he is (since 2015) Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University, and Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute Geneva.[3] In 2018, Miller helped found and launch New Voices, an initiative by storytellers to innovate learning about war and peace. [4]


In January 2013 The Times newspaper said Millers debut novel Norwegian by Night was one to look out for in the forthcoming year[5], and The Economist also praised the book.[6]

Norwegian by Night — written in English — was first published in Norway in translation by Cappelen Damm (2010) as Et merkelig sted å dø. The novel's first English-language publisher was Scribe in Australia (2013), followed by Faber and Faber in the UK, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the U.S. It was later published in many other countries.

Norwegian by Night received many favorable reviews.[7] and many other publications.[8] In October 2013, the novel was awarded with the Crime Writer's Association John Creasy Dagger Award for a debut crime novel.[9]Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo wrote that it was "one of those books that completely transcends its genre and offers us one of the most memorable characters — Sheldon Horowitz — that I’ve encountered in years." [10]

Miller's second novel, The Girl in Green (2016), was also published by Faber and Faber. In the UK it was short-listed for the 2017 Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award for the "best crime novel of the year" with the judges writing that "after his award-winning debut, Norwegian by Night, Derek B Miller has delivered a blistering and powerful successor in The Girl in Green, set against the backdrop of war-torn Iraq. This is a thought-provoking tour de force with unforgettable characters – one not to be missed." [11]. It was a Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017. [12]

Miller's third novel, American by Day (2018), was published by Transworld at Penguin Random House.[13] Like The Girl in Green, it was also short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award (2019).[14] Richard Russo, on reading American by Day, wrote, "Sure Derek Miller's novels are smart and full of heart and savvy and hilarious, but even more than all of this, he's fun. He's as dedicated as any writer I know to the proposition that readers should enjoy themselves, should delight in the experience of life and language. If our hearts get broken along the way, so much the better."[15]


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  2. ^ "Book club selection". Buffalo News. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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  5. ^ The chosen ones: names to drop in 2013 | The Times
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  8. ^ Laura Wilson's crime fiction roundup – reviews | Books | The Guardian
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  14. ^ "The Crime Writers' Association". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
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