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Kiri Miller

Associate Professor of Music:
Department of Music; Affiliated Faculty, American Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 1078


Kiri Miller is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and amateur musicianship. Her current research project investigates dance videogames, motion-sensing interfaces, and multisensory interactivity. She 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. Miller is the author of Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008) and Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012). She has published articles in Ethnomusicology, American Music, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of American Folklore, Game Studies, 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.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Harvard University, 2010-11

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2010-11

Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, Brown University, 2010-11 (declined)

Penn Humanities Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-11 (declined)

Richard Waterman Prize, presented annually by the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology to recognize the best article by a junior scholar in the ethnomusicological study of popular music. Awarded for the article "Schizophonic Performance," 2010

Jaap Kunst Prize (honorable mention), presented annually by the Society for Ethnomusicology to recognize the most significant article in the field. Awarded for the article "Schizophonic Performance," 2010

Appointed Manning Assistant Professor of Music, July 2010

Strothman Faculty Research Award, Brown University (2009-10)

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alberta (2005-07)

Richard S. Hill Award, Music Library Association (for the article "First Sing the Notes") (2005)

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2004-05)

Richard F. French Fellowship, Harvard University Music Department (2004-05)

Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2003)

Lehman Merit Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2003-04)

William Mitch Scholarship, Harvard University (2001-02)

Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (2000-01)


American Studies Association

International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. branch) (Popular Music Pedagogy Interest Group)

Society for American Music

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Society for Ethnomusicology (Popular Music Section, Gender and Sexualities Taskforce)


My teaching interests include virtual performance, youth culture, diaspora music, American music, music & technology, ethnographic theory & method, and media reception.

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Curriculum Vitae

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