James Miller

James Miller

James Miller is Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Canada, cross-appointed to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies.

His academic career began with the study of Chinese language and culture at Durham University in the UK, followed by a degree in Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge, and a PhD in religious studies from Boston University. Since then he has become a leading interpreter of Daoist religion, especially through his study of the medieval Chinese religious movement known as The Way of Highest Clarity.

Over the past decade, James Miller has become established as a key scholar of religion and ecology in China. His concern is to understand how China’s traditions, especially Daoism, continue to influence Chinese social imagination about nature and environment and to help develop a Chinese ethic of ecological sustainability. He is  currently co-chair of the Religion and Ecology section of the American Academy of Religion.

In addition to academic publishing, he regularly speaks at academic conferences, and give public lectures and media interviews on a wide variety of topics related to religion and culture in China. Media outlets have included the Washington Post, CTV Newsworld, CTV Canada AM, and the Christian Science Monitor. He have given guest lectures all over the world, from China’s Fudan University, to the Australian National University and the United States Naval War College. He have also consulted on legal matters related to Chinese religion and culture, including preparing expert witness testimony for civil court proceedings.

You can read more at his website www.jamesmiller.ca