Hanna Miller


About Me

Hanna is from Mississippi with a BA in American Studies and Russian Language, Literature, and Culture from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013 and was awarded a Fulbright. Her background is as an activist with on-call sexual assault crisis response on University campuses, the Russian punk protest movement, and generational divides between women in the American south. She has experience in documentary + TV production for public broadcasting, radio + web production for the arts and cultural exchange, and non-profit founding, organization, and development. Hanna has lived in the "Detroit of Russia," walked across Mississippi, and raced motocross -- all elements in her narrative of story hearing and telling. At UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, she's studying documentary filmmaking and continuing studying Russian language and politics. You can see her work in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, Aljazeera Plus, U.S. News and World Report, SF Gate, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Published Articles:


Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting (August 2016)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship for Russian Language (June 2016)
UC Berkeley Documentary Fellowship (April 2016)
Fulbright Alumni Ambassador (November 2015)
Critical Language Enhancement Award for Russian Language (July 2013)
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia (May 2013)
Pearigen Service Award for Serving Women at Sewanee: The Univ. of the South (May 2013)
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for Russian Language (June 2011)


Mississippi Heard: A Cross-Cultural Endeavor is a project connecting Russia and Mississippi. With interviews from a month long train ride across Russia and a six week walk across Mississippi, perceptions and pre-existing stereotypes are broken down. Mississippi Heard includes journal entries, podcasts, and a traveling art show complete with photography, text, audio, and video components.   Read more...