Tiya Miles, Founder and Director
Tiya is a mother of three and the author of two books on Black and Cherokee history. She is a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she teaches on the subjects of African American, Native American, and American women's history and lives. When her children were babies, she organized a toy exchange at the Center for the Childbearing Year in Ann Arbor and a diaper and organic baby food drive for SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti. In the summertime, she enjoys hiking with her family in her husband's home state of Montana, eating ice cream, and reading mysteries.
When Tiya was a girl growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she loved to play in the tucked away meadow beyond the buildings of her apartment complex. Once she saw three rabbits hopping in a circle there, and she was sure that they were dancing.
For information on Tiya's most recent book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, visit the UNC Press webpage: http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-8586.html.