Kiri Miller

Affiliated with American Studies Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Kiri Miller is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and virtual/visceral performance practices. Her latest book, Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media, investigates how motion-sensing interfaces teach choreography, cultivate new embodied experiences of popular music, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition (forthcoming in March 2017 from Oxford University Press). 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). She has published articles in EthnomusicologyNew Media & SocietyGame StudiesAmerican Music, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of American Folklore, Oral Tradition, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. Miller is also editor of The Chattahoochee Musical Convention: A Sacred Harp Historical Sourcebook. Miller was a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta before joining the Brown faculty in 2007. In 2010-11 she held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies. From 2013-15, she was also part of the AHRC Research Network “Guitar Heroes in Music Education? Music-based video-games and their potential for musical and performative creativity”, led by David Roesner (University of Kent), funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom. Her articles have won the Richard Waterman Junior Scholar Prize for the “best article by a junior scholar in the ethnomusicological study of popular music” and an honorable mention for the Jaap Kunst Prize for “the most significant article in ethnomusicology written by a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology.” Miller's regular course offerings include Musical Youth Cultures, Digital Media and Virtual Performance, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music and Technoculture, Ethnography of Popular Music, and World Music in Theory and Practice.