Dr. Jason Miller’s research interests include 20th-century American Poetry, American Literature, literary theory, and pedagogy. Professor Miller 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 to 1968. This work is also the subject of a documentary film project currently being made in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund.
His "King's First Dream" project has made the first ever recording of Dr. Martin Luther's King "I Have a Dream" speech available online at kingsfirstdream.com. This speech took place in Rocky Mount, North Carolina a full eight months before King's famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.
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.”
He is currently completing a compact biography on Langston Hughes for the Critical Lives series distrubted by the University of Chicago Press.
He was inducted into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2017.