Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller, Dr.

Gastforschender

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Jain and Yoga Studies
Arihanta Institute

 

Co-Chair, Yoga in Theory and Practice Unit
American Academy of Religion

Short CV

PhD, Study of Religion, December 2018 (UC Davis)

MA, Study of Religion, September 2016 (UC Davis)

MA, Comparative Theology, May 2013 (LMU)

BS, Accounting, May 2003 (LMU)

Research interests

Yoga studies, Jain studies

Publications

 

Books

Miller, Christopher. Forthcoming. Embodying Transnational Yoga (Under Review)

EDITED volumes

Miller, Christopher and Rita Sherma, editors. Forthcoming. Ecology & Indian Philosophy: Hindu, Jain, and Yoga Perspectives on Climate and Environmental Mitigation (proposal in process)

Miller, Christopher, Jeffery Long, and Michael Reading, editors. 2020. Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age. New York: Lexington Books.

journal issues

Miller, Christopher, and Jeffery Long, editors. Forthcoming. "Special Review: Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age." Journal of Dharma Studies (Springer).

Miller, Christopher, editor. 2016. Special Issue: "Contemplative Studies in Dharma Traditions." International Journal of Dharma Studies (Springer). https://www.springeropen.com/collections/csdt

BOOK CHAPTERS

Miller, Christopher. Forthcoming. "Modi-fying Patañjali: Biopolitics and the Hostile Takeover of Bodies in an Aspiring Neoliberal Nation State." In Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts, edited by Susanne Scholz and Caroline Vander Stichele. New York: Routledge.

Miller, Christopher. Forthcoming. "Contemplating Jivas: The Ecological Implications of Jainism's Elemental Meditations." In Contemplative Studies in Jainism: Prayer, Veneration, Ritual, and Meditation in Jainism, edited by Rita Sherma and Cogen Bohanec. New York: Routledge.

Miller, Christopher. Forthcoming. "Shedding Light on the Humane Hoax through the Deeper Dimensions of Jain Ahiṃsā." In The Humane Hoax Anthology, edited by Hope Bohanec. Lantern: New York.

Miller, Christopher. 2021. "Christian and Hindu Responses to Christian Yoga Practice in North America." In Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations, edited by Chad Bauman and Michelle Voss Roberts. New York, Routledge. 280-293.

Miller, Christopher. 2019. "Paramahansa Yogananda’s World Brotherhood Colonies: Models for Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Responsible Living." In Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age,  edited by Christopher Miller, Michael Reading, and Jeffery Long. New York: Lexington Books. 163-180.

Miller, Christopher and Michael Reading. 2019. "Introduction." In Beacons of Dharma: Spiritual Exemplars for the Modern Age, edited by Christopher Miller, Michael Reading, and Jeffery Long. New York: Lexington Books. ix-xxi.

Miller, Christopher. 2018. "Yoga Bodies and Bodies of Water: Solutions for Climate Change in India?" In That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics, edited by Laura Hartmann. New York: Oxford University Press. 126-155.

Miller, Christopher and Dianna Bell. 2018. "Harmonizing Bureaucracy and Bio-Spirituality." In That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics, edited by Laura Hartmann. New York: Oxford University Press. 173-176.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Miller, Christopher and Jonathan Dickstein. 2021. "Jain Veganism: Ancient Wisdom, New Opportunities." Religions. Vol. 12 no. 512: Online

Miller, Christopher. 2020. "Softpower and Biopower: Narendra Modi’s ‘Double Discourse’ Concerning Yoga for Climate Change and Self-Care." Journal of Dharma Studies, Special Issue on Yoga Studies. Vol. 3, no. 1: 93-106.

Miller, Christopher. 2019. "Jainism, Yoga, and Ecology: A Course in Contemplative Practice for a World in Pain." In "New Directions in Jaina Studies." Special issue edited by Anne Vallely. Religions. Vol. 10, no. 4: 1-14.

Miller, Christopher. 2018. "World Brotherhood Colonies: A Preview of Paramahansa Yogananda's Understudied Vision for Communities Founded upon the Principles of Yoga." Yoga-Mīmāṃsā. Vol. 50 no. 1: 3-9.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

Miller, Christopher. 2020. "Jainism." In Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, edited by George Ritzer & Chris Rojek. 

Miller, Christopher. 2018. "Sāṃkhya." In Hinduism and Tribal Religions, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, edited by Pankaj Jain, et al. New York: Springer.

PUBLICATIONS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC

Miller, Christopher, editor. 2021. “Abuse in Yoga and Beyond: Cultural Logics and Pathways for the Future.” Sacred Matters: Religious Currents in Culture. Emory University <https://sacredmattersmagazine.com/special-issue-yoga-abuse/>

Miller, Christopher. 2021. “Introduction: Abuse in Yoga and Beyond: Cultural Logics and Pathways for the Future.” Sacred Matters: Religious Currents in Culture. Emory University <sacredmattersmagazine.com>

Miller, Christopher. 2019. "Preparing the Internal Sacrifice in Hatha Yoga: Measured Diet to Move beyond the Mind." Tarka Issue #12. Online Journal.

Miller, Christopher. 2018. "Beacons of Dharma: Explorations of Light in our Shared Times of Darkness." Tarka Issue #9. Online Journal.

Grants and fellowships

“Embodying Transnational Yoga” dissertation project supported by several Mellon Indian Ocean Worlds Travel, Research and Writing Grants (March 2015 – July 2018)