Joshua D. Miner, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
Summerfield Hall
Room 118C
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave. Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


Joshua D. Miner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. He specializes in Indigenous film and media theory, critical health studies, digital media studies, and the cultural impacts of interactive design. His recent work has examined the relationship between Indigenous screen aesthetics and the settler structures of digital media technologies, appearing in Screen Bodies, The Computer Games Journal, Information, Communication & Society, Gamevironments, Surveillance & Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and other journals and collections. 

His current book project, Biased Render: Digital Images and Settler Culture, explores the settler politics of digital image synthesis and the tactical responses of designers across video games, social media, and emerging cinema, with a particular focus on digital modeling and rendering as modes of algorithmic embodiment. Rooted in Indigenous futurist perspectives on digital media production, Biased Render explores a range of practices that intervene in the designed structures of digital media.

Since coming to KU, he has taught courses in global Indigenous film+media, videogame theory+design, film+media aesthetics, documentary & experimental media, activist media theory, and sound design.


Ph.D., English, University of Iowa

M.A., Linguistics, University of North Texas

Teaching Interests

  • Global Indigenous film + media
  • Activist media studies
  • Digital media and culture
  • Transmedia studies
  • Documentary film + media
  • Video game studies
  • Emerging cinema

Research Interests

  • Native U.S./Canadian film + digital media
  • Indigenous media theory
  • Tactical and activist media
  • Digital Aesthetics
  • Computational media + design
  • Transmedia studies
  • Social and participatory media
  • Critical health studies

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