Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University and among other publications, author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge, 2012). Miller currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC), Co-Chair and founder of Critical Approaches to the Study of Hip Hop and Religion Group (American Academy of Religion), Principal Investigator of a large scale survey project entitled “Remaking Religion” which examines changing patterns of religion and irreligion in youth culture in Portland, Oregon, member of the Culture on the Edge scholarly collective (University of Alabama) and Marginalia Review of books in history, theology, & religion. Miller is co-author of forthcoming volumes, Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain (with Anthony B. Pinn and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman (Bloomsbury Press), The Religion and Hip Hop Reader (with Anthony B. Pinn) (Routledge) and Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion (Equinox). Her work has been featured in a host of regional and national print, radio, live video, and TV news outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The Oregonian, Huffington Post, Left of Black, and Huffington Post Live. She has presented her research at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S., Cuba and Canada. Miller writes regularly for BET.com and Culture on the Edge academic blog.
Selected links to video and media about Dr. Miller’s work:
- Website for Religion and Hip Hop
- Video trailer for the book Religion and Hip Hop
- Article: “Settling the Score Between the Sacred and Profane”
- Article: “The Devil Made Me Do It! Tales I Learned From Childhood”
- Article: “‘No Church in the Wild’: The Youth’s Unrecognized Spirituality Between Beats and Rhymes”
- Article: “Commentary: It’s Time to Be Honest With Lauryn Hill”
- Culture on the Edge Scholarly Collective and Academic Blog
- YouTube video: Great Conversations at Washington State University
- Article: “Does God Exist in Hip Hop?”
- Interview with Monica Miller on Religion and Hip Hop on “New Books in Religion”
Several common presentation titles:
- “What’s This ‘Religion’ in Hip Hop Culture”?
- “Faith in the Flesh: Manufactured Zones of (In)Significance”
- “Seeing is Not Believing: Religious Rhetoric in Popular Culture”
- “Beyond Belief: The Search for More (and Less) in Material Culture”
- “Humanist Outlaws: Thinking Religion/Living Humanism”
Subtopics: African American humanism, History of religion, Music
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