Dr Jordan E. Miller
- B.A. in religion and American studies, Lebanon Valley College (2005)
- M.A. in philosophy of religion and religious studies, Boston University (2007)
- Ph.D. in humanities, Salve Regina University (2014)
I am an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar working on contemporary social and political resistance movements, political theology, social ethics and anthropology. In short, I'm interested in the radical edge of where religion and politics meet. My training is primarily in philosophy of religion and the interdisciplinary humanities more generally while the topics of my research tend to be radical social or political movements.
My work interrogates our current historical condition through the ideas of the secular and the religious and with an emphasis on politics. Methodologically, I am also engaging in hotly contested debates within political theology, political theory, radical theology and secular theology with my work on resistance movements. I hope to enlarge the disciplines of political theory, theology, philosophy of religion and religious studies more generally by maintaining my active research agenda. I regularly present at conferences and continue my research and writing work.
Because of the demands of being at smaller liberal arts schools, I have been teaching undergraduate courses in religious studies, theological studies, philosophy and American studies since the fall of 2008. Recently, I have begun to advise graduate students as well, which I am finding exciting, challenging and immensely rewarding.
In class, I strive to foster an environment conducive to the open discussion of controversial and important ideas and issues. The same commitments to interdisciplinary and contemporary relevance that propel my research also inspire my teaching.
I prefer student-centered teaching that encourages learning by both students and teachers. I favor classroom dynamics that permit dialogue and foster student input regarding both the content and assessment methods used in each class. My course offerings are consistently challenging and difficult with a significant emphasis on developing student communication and writing. Further, I strive to develop a sense of community in class. This means that I have students spend a fair amount of time conversing and reflecting on the learning process together. I have been pleased by enthusiastic student reactions to these methods.
I strive to integrate my teaching, scholarship and service to deepen my students' learning experience as well as my own. All of my pedagogical strategies are dedicated to teaching the principles of the liberal arts in dynamic, hands-on ways that will remain with students long after they graduate and to bringing the insights of religious studies and theology to students' lived experience, both at the local and global levels.