Barry Milligan, whose scholarly field is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, has taught throughout the English department's undergraduate and graduate curricula, including several courses cross-listed with History.
His publications include Pleasures and Pains: Opium and the Orient in Nineteenth-Century British Culture and the Penguin Classics edition of Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings, as well as a co-edited essay collection and a number of book chapters and journal articles. He has been an invited speaker at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine (London) and several universities, and his work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wellcome Trust, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ball Brothers Foundation, and other sponsors.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado (1986) and master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University (1988, 1992), he served as visiting assistant professor at Duke University, then held a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University, where he also served as visiting assistant professor. He joined the Wright State faculty in 1994, and has since served in various roles, including graduate program director; department chair; faculty senator and Faculty Senate Executive Committee member; Graduate Council member and committee chair; and, with AAUP-WSU, contract negotiator, grievance and contract administration officer, and president. He currently serves as Interim Dean of the Graduate School.