Kiri M. Miller Associate Professor of Music

Kiri Miller is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and amateur musicianship. She is currently completing a book entitled Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Digital Culture (under contract with Oxford University Press), which focuses on videogames designed for full-body motion-sensing interfaces. Her previous monographs are Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012) and Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008). Miller completed the Ph.D. in Music at Harvard in 2005 and was a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta before joining the Brown faculty in 2007.  She has published articles in Ethnomusicology, New Media & Society, Game Studies, American Music, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of American Folklore, Oral Tradition, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. In 2010-11 she held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies. Miller's regular course offerings include Musical Youth Cultures, Diaspora Music in the Americas, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music and Technoculture, Ethnography of Popular Music, World Music in Theory and Practice, and Sacred Harp Singing.

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scholarly work

Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford University Press)

"Schizophonic Performance: Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Virtual Virtuosity." Journal of the Society for American Music 3(4).

"Grove Street Grimm: Grand Theft Auto and Digital Folklore." Journal of American Folklore 121(481).

Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism. (University of Illinois Press)

"The Accidental Carjack: Ethnography, Gameworld Tourism, and Grand Theft Auto." Game Studies 8(1).

"Jacking the Dial: Radio, Race, and Place in Grand Theft Auto." Ethnomusicology 51(3).

Review of Joe Dan Boyd, Judge Jackson and the Colored Sacred Harp (Alabama Folklife Association). The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History 57(3).

"First Sing the Notes: Oral and Written Traditions in Sacred Harp Transmission." American Music 22(4). Recipient of the Richard S. Hill Award from the Music Library Association.

"Americanism Musically: Nation, Evolution, and Public Education at the Columbian Exposition, 1893." 19th-century Music 27(2).

Editor, The Chattahoochee Musical Convention: A Sacred Harp Historical Sourcebook. Carrollton, GA: The Sacred Harp Museum.