Jaclyn Miller is a graduate of the University of Kansas (M.A. and Ph.D. in American History) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.A. in History and Spanish). A book project, “Cultivating Capital: Country Bankers and the Transformation of the Central Great Plains, 1870-1940,” considers the ways in which rural Kansas bankers served not simply as spearheads for the financial development of the region, but also as local community leaders and elected politicians. Dr. Miller is interested in connecting the local capitalization needs of rural banks to the broader financial networks that the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City came to represent.
Dr. Miller has published the article, “The Lender and the Modern Land Renting System: Albert A. Doerr’s Impact on Great Plains Farming Patterns,” in the Summer 2016 issue of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains. As a consultant for the Kansas Humanities Council’s Water/Ways project, she wrote two reader’s theater scripts called “Shared Stories of the Kansas Land.” Dr. Miller is employed as an instructor of history at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas.