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Ethnomusicologist Kiri Miller Joins Faculty

Ethnomusicologist Kiri Miller has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Music starting in the Fall '07 semester. Dr. Miller received her PhD from the Harvard University Music Department in 2005 with a dissertation on Sacred Harp singing, an American vernacular hymnody tradition. From 2005 to 2007 she has been an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Her book "Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism" is forthcoming this winter from the University of Illinois Press.

Miller's theoretical interests include diaspora, nostalgia, new media, and critical race theory. Her current research focuses on the role of music in digital gaming, particularly in the "Grand Theft Auto" series. She will be teaching three new courses at Brown in 2007-08: Musical Youth Cultures, Music and Technoculture, and Diaspora Music in the Americas. She will also be leading a for-credit Sacred Harp singing group on campus (with drop-in participants always welcome).