Dr. Miller holds master’s degrees in Theological Studies and the Study of Religion, as well as a doctorate in the Study of Religion. Combining critical and yet community-engaged methods, he passionately engages in ethnographic and theological research seeking to address some of society’s most pressing concerns in light of Jain and yogic principles. These concerns include interconnected issues like climate change, animal rights, food and social justice.
At Arihanta Academy, Dr. Miller’s current research focuses on two primary areas: applied Jain studies and modern yoga studies. In the field of applied Jain studies, he has published and is currently working on articles pertaining to Jain veganism and Karma theory as well as Jain contemplative practice, and has recently compiled a thematic, full-length course workbook that applies Jain principles to many common issues of daily life.
In the field of modern yoga studies, Dr. Miller is currently finishing a book manuscript that is a critical ethnographic project exploring the ways in which yoga practices are transformed in their interaction with particular cultural logics around the world. In this project, Dr. Miller specifically engages in interdisciplinary research that brings the field of modern yoga studies into dialogue with the fields of food studies, ethnomusicology and pollution studies.
Dr. Miller has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in the fields of Jain studies and modern yoga studies, and is the co-editor of the volume Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age (Lexington 2019).