Joshua D. Miner, PhD

Joshua Miner
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall Room 118C


Joshua D. Miner specializes in video games and animation, with an emphasis in narrative, sound and music. Across this work, he uses ecological aesthetics and speculative storytelling as means for exploring the entanglement of technology and our environment. 

His critical research has examined environmental modeling in games, digital image synthesis, and settler and Indigenous screen aesthetics, appearing in Games and Culture, Animation, The Computer Games Journal, Screen Bodies, and Information, Communication & Society—among other journals and collections. 

His current book project, Biased Render: Digital Images and Settler Culture, explores the settler politics of digital image synthesis across video games, animation and social media, with a focus on digital modeling and rendering as modes of algorithmic embodiment. 

Miner teaches courses in game design and development, screen aesthetics, Indigenous film and games, digital media studies, music for screen media, and environmental media theory.


Ph.D. in English, University of Iowa
M.A. in Linguistics, University of North Texas


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


Teaching interests:

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