Jade Miller received a PhD in Communications from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. She subsequently held a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Tulane University. Her BA is in Art History from New York University.
Professor Miller works on the political economy of creative production, global media flows, and media industries. Her research program seeks to conceptualize the shape of media production and distribution networks in an increasingly networked age, focusing on shifting relationships of power and place and the intersections of informal industrial practices with global networks. This program includes research on cultural policy from the micro to macro level, global cities, media capitals, media histories, and media technologies.
Her book, Nollywood Central, was published by the British Film Institute (BFI) Press in 2016. This project is on the industrial structure and global connections of the Southern Nigerian video movie industry. Professor Miller is currently working on the quantification practices that media industry investors use to make sense of global markets for investment and distribution.
Professor Miller teaches a variety of classes, from Graduate Research Methods, to the required introductory Media History course for the Communication Studies major, to Critical Advertising Studies. In all of her classes, she hopes to instill in students an eye for the political, economic, technological, and social forces that shape the production and distribution of culture, creative expression, and information.
Professor Miller has supervised graduate students in a number of areas, from conceptualizing Johannesburg as a global media capital to bank sponsorship of a Nollywood Youtube channel to research on shifting relationships of power in art worlds. She values working with students to employ their lived experiences as an asset. Professor Miller is happy to work with students to articulate research topics they are truly inspired by, most commonly through the lens of political economic and industrial analyses.
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