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Professor Emeritus of Communications

James Miller

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Hampshire College Professor James Miller
James Miller
Professor Emeritus of Communications
Cognitive Science
James Miller, professor emeritus of communications, holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Miller's teaching and research mainly concern new media and political culture. He has a long interest in media technology, including laws and policies relating to freedom of expression across various media. Recently, he has been contributing to the development of mediatization theory with a focus on emerging digital media, exploring near-term future trends of increasingly intelligent environments characterized by dispersed media. This has led him to historical research on the automobile as a case study of the mediatization of space, from user-installed AM radios to autonomous vehicles. His earliest new media research concerned the internet predecessor videotex, known in France as Minitel. Miller's involvement in radio (he worked in FM during his student days and twice served on an NPR-affiliate board) includes international comparative studies of community radio and study of the commercialization of French national radio.

Miller is interested in the changing experience of citizenship, which is increasingly more popular-cultural than overtly political. He also studies the use of culture in international relations as an exercise of soft power. And he has analyzed critically a form of Western foreign aid known as media assistance, which exports U.S. journalistic norms and practices as part of the "democratizing" process in post-communist, post-conflict, and post-colonial societies. He has also written about mainstream American journalism as an example of cultural modernism.

Miller’s published work has appeared in such major journals as Media, Culture and Society; Journal of Communication; European Journal of Communication; Global Media and Communication; Mobile Media and Communication; Association for Computing Machinery; and Nieman Reports as well as in edited volumes, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish. Miller chaired an annual international conference on telecommunications policy research, and edited its proceedings, published by Elsevier.

His research has been supported by the Canadian government, the Whiting Foundation, and IREX, among others. He has been a short-term fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Fulbright researcher in Paris.

Miller is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, the European Communication Research and Education Association, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Society for Social Studies of Science. He has been visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a member of the graduate faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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