- Achieved perfect score on the SATs as a student at SV High School
- Named a High School National Merit Finalist
- Selected as a Presidential Scholar from Pennsylvania, the first from Berks County
- Participated in the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, named a Youth Soloist as an oboist in 1997 and had the male leading role in Panthers on Parade for four years
- Selected as a member of the USA Today All Star Academic Team, as selection from high schools throughout the U.S.
- Valedictorian of the SV High School Class of 1997
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University – won a Thesis prize in Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies
- Named a Rhodes Scholar, selected from 950 applicants from 327 universities, and attended Oxford University studying Chinese
Biography Information from…
The American Rhodes Scholar
Brandon David Miller (Pennsylvania)
Princeton University: A.B., Comparative Literature, 2001
Proposed Oxford Subject: Oriental Studies (Chinese Studies)
University teaching and research in East-West comparative philosophy and literature, university administration and education policy
A United States Presidential Scholar, Brandon Miller is also an avid thespian whose roles have included Iago in the Princeton Shakespeare Company’s production of Othello, George in Theatre-Intime’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and John in an independent production of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Brandon is cover editor of the Nassau Weekly, a campus humor and news publication. He tutors junior high school students at the Princeton Public Library, is active as a peer counselor and with Amnesty International, and is the recipient of the Princeton University President’s Award for Academic Excellence.
His academic interests are decidedly cross-disciplinary and have spanned pre-Qin Chinese philosophy, German Idealism, rhetoric, and literary theory. In the summer of 2000 he researched young executive job mobility at the London Business School; the previous summer he worked with the German Chinese Society for Exchange and Education, translating European Central Bank documents from German into Chinese.
His musical interests are equally diverse, encompassing Brahms, Traffic, Johnny Cash, and the music of former Portuguese colonies. Brandon plays the piano, is a “lapsed oboist,” and has “a killer one-handed backhand on the club tennis team.” Brandon enjoys traveling—among his favorite experiences are “horseback riding in Inner Mongolia, sailing off the North Sea coast of Germany, and lounging in a Budapest mud bath.”