James Miller, professor of communications, holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Miller’s teaching and research interests mainly concern political culture and new media. He is interested in the changing experience of democratic citizenship, which is increasingly more popular-cultural than overtly political, a notion termed cultural citizenship. He also studies the use of culture in international relations, or public diplomacy, as an exercise of soft power. This led him to analyze 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 has a long interest in media technology, including laws and policies relating to freedom of expression. Recently, he has been contributing to mediatization theory with a focus on emerging digital media, exploring near-term future trends that suggest increasingly intelligent environments characterized by dispersed media. His earliest new media technology research concerned the internet predecessor videotex, known in France as Minitel. Miller’s long interest in radio (he worked in FM during his student days) includes comparative studies of community radio and the privatization of French national radio.
He has lectured widely in North America and Europe, and his 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, and Nieman Reports as well as in edited volumes, and has been published in French, Spanish, and Russian. He chaired an annual international conference on telecommunications policy research, and edited its proceedings, and co-edited a collection of faculty work celebrating Hampshire’s twentieth anniversary.
His research has been supported by the Canadian government, the Whiting Foundation, and IREX, among others. He has been a 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 International Communications Association, the International Studies Association, 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. Before coming to Hampshire in 1976, he taught at Drexel University.
Recent and Upcoming Courses
CS-0282: Media in the Built Environment (Spring 2014)
CS-0264: New Media: Innovation, Adoption, Future (Spring 2014)
CS-0155: Cultural Citizenship (Fall 2013)
CS-0223: Public Diplomacy (Fall 2013)