Montana Miller

Associate Professor

Office Location: 247 Shatzel Hall
Office Phone Number: 419-372-0184
E-Mail:  montanm@bgsu.edu

Read Harvard Magazine article about Dr. Miller! Click here !

Courses Taught:
POPC 2310: "Health, Illness, Addiction, and Culture"
POPC 3250: "Occupational Folklore"
POPC 3450: "Internet Communities"
POPC 3650: “Youth and Popular Culture”
POPC 4600: “Summer Camp Ethnography”
POPC 6600: “Folklore and Folklife”

Educational Background:
Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology, UCLA
M.A. in Folklore and Mythology, UCLA
B.A. in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

Department/College/University/Discipline/Community Service:
Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee; BGSU BGeX program; BGSU Human Subjects Review Board member

Professional Organization Membership:
American Folklore Society
Western States Folklore Society

Research Interests:
Emerging traditions and symbolic expression in youth culture; Internet communities including adolescent social networks and support groups; dramatic drunk driving prevention programs in American high schools; experienced/professional skydivers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding death and mortality.

Research/Publications: 
“Playing Dead: Mock Trauma and Folk Drama in Staged High School Drunk Driving Tragedies.” (Utah State University Press, October 2012)
“Face-to-Face with the Digital Folk: The Ethics of Fieldwork on Facebook.” (Folk Culture in the Digital Age, ed. Trevor Blank, Utah State University Press, 2012)
“Taking a New Spotlight to the Prom: Youth Culture and Its Emerging Video Archive.” Journal of American Culture, Volume 33, No. 1 (March 2010)
“Vernacular Abstinence: Teenagers, Purity Rings, and Rites of (Blocked) Passage.” Practical Matters, Issue 2 (Fall 2009)
Circus Dreams: The Making of a Circus Artist (with Kathleen Cushman) 1990: Little, Brown.