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Richard Miller

Richard Miller (Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the School of Music, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received formal training as an undergraduate student in Japanese and Korean history under John W. Dower and in Vietnamese and Indonesian history under John R.W. Smail, and graduate training in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology under Lois A. Anderson and Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, with a thesis on the 20th century Japanese colonization of Korea, the development of 14th century Korean court music, and the introduction of western-style music, musicology, and music education in late 19th century Japan. He conducted several years of fieldwork in the U.S., Indonesia, and Japan, where he was a doctoral fellow at the National Ethnology Museum in Osaka, then spent a decade as Associate Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Las Vegas.

Miller has been pursuing two lines of research, one focusing on historical ethnomusicology and the other on teacher education (including music teacher education). He has an omnivorous appetite for music, with a special interest in Asian and African contemporary music, whether classed as “folk,” “popular,” or “classical.” As a result, his music research concerns processes of international exchange in historic context, and emphasizes the links between the creation and performance of music, and the creation and performance of identity, and has resulted in articles and reviews in journals such as Asian Music, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory Spectrum. His most recent projects include interdisciplinary work on surrealism in 20th century composition in relation to anticolonial movements in Latin America and the long history of colorism in Japanese popular culture. Miller’s interdisciplinary teacher education research emphasizes the intersection of racism and capitalism in the preparation of music and regular K-12 teachers, and has appeared in journals such as Education and Urban Society, Review of Research in Education, and Educational Review. He is currently working on the history of the exclusion of the arts from standardized curriculum in relation to the commercialization of public education from Dewey through the current anti-Critical Race Theory moral panic in the United States.