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Dr. Jason Miller

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Associate Head, Director of Undergraduate Studies


Dr. Jason Miller’s research interests include twentieth-century American Poetry, American Literature, literary theory, and pedagogy.  He serves the department as Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

His book Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric traces Martin Luther King, Jr.'s use of Langston Hughes's poetry in his sermons and speeches from 1956-1968.  This work is also the subject of a documentary film project currently being made in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund.

His earlier book Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture investigates the nearly three dozen poems written by Hughes to reveal the complex interplay between politics, culture, and art.  It addresses key poems such as “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Christ in Alabama,” and “Dream Deferred.”

In addition to publishing articles on Langston Hughes, Professor Miller has written about how he uses the sculptures of Auguste Rodin to teach Willa Cather’s My Antonia.  A published poet, he has also contributed entries on blues and gospel music to the New Anthology of American Poetry published by Rutgers University Press as well as insight into teaching William Faulkner that has been published and reprinted. 

Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate and MA degrees at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his PhD at Washington State University where he served as the English Department’s Charles Blackburn Teaching Fellow.

Jason has served as an Executive Committee member of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Assembly on American Literature and Final Judge for the Raleigh Fine Arts Society annual writing contest.  He is currently on the board of NC State's African American Cultural Center and serves as a member of the university’s Caldwell Fellows Selection Committee.

Click below to view an excerpt from the documentary film Origin of the Dream:

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