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City University London appoints new Professor of Cultural Industries

Professor Toby Miller to join Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise
by Hollie Jenkins

City University London has appointed Professor Toby Miller as Professor of Cultural Industries within the Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise. He will join City in May 2012. 

Toby Miller is presently a Distinguished Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside and runs the University of California's study abroad programme in Mexico.

Professor Miller's teaching and research covers the media, sport, labour, gender, race, citizenship, politics and cultural policy. The author and editor of over 30 volumes, he has published essays in over 100 journals and books and is a noted expert on Hollywood, the media more generally and cultural citizenship.

Professor Christina Slade, Dean of the Conjoint School of Arts and Social Sciences at City University London said: "'Professor Miller is an outstanding scholar of significant international repute. He will bring a wealth of expertise and experience into the Department and we are delighted that he will be joining our academic team."

Professor Miller said: "City University London pioneered academic education in cultural management and has a well-established reputation for developing leading research and education in the sector. I'm very excited to be joining City's top creative and cultural practice academics and am looking forward to working in one of the world's most significant cultural and creative hubs, London."

Born in Leicester, Professor Miller earned a BA in history and political science at the Australian National University in 1980 and a PhD in philosophy and communication studies at Murdoch University in 1991.

He taught in Australia and was a professor at New York University from 1993 to 2004, when he joined the University of California, Riverside. 

Professor Miller has also been Media Scholar in Residence at Sarai, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in India; Becker Lecturer at the University of Iowa; a Queensland Smart Returns Fellow in Australia; Honorary Professor at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland; CanWest Visiting Fellow at the Alberta Global Forum in Canada and an International Research collaborator at the Centre for Cultural Research in Australia.

His latest work is a forthcoming co-authored book for Oxford University Press, with Richard Maxwell, titled Greening the Media. It rewrites the history of the media from print to phones, over many centuries, to disclose their impact on the physical environment rather than focusing on the traditional academic obsession of their impact on human consciousness.

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