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Sociology Program

Wesley Miller, Ph.D.
Wesley Miller
Social Science - Associate Professor, Sociology Coordinator

(507) 457-1512

Wesley Miller is an Associate Professor of Social Science at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

An interesting and provocative teacher, Dr. Miller specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of social movements. He has published articles on the Christian Right, the International Esperanto movement, and the use of internships in sociology. Other interests include the sociology of art and music, and quantitative research methods.

Dr. Miller is an accomplished musician, playing the banjo, the Appalachian dulcimer, the taisho koto, the guitar, and an assortment of rare and ethnic instruments. Dr. Miller can often be seen riding his 1971 BMW R60S to campus when the weather permits.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
The Framing of Social Movements & Political Opportunities
The Social Construction of the Art vs. Craft Distinction

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Sociological Imagination
Logic of Analysis
Social & Political Movements
Social & Political Theory
Global Issues

Professional Organizations
American Sociological Association (Sections: Social Movement/Collective Behavior; Comparative History; Political Sociology)

Ph.D., Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1984
Dissertation Title: A Sociological Analysis of the New Christian Right
M.A., Sociology, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, 1978
B.A., Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), Eastern Nazarene College, 1977

Teaching Experience
1985 to Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota
1982-1984: Instructor, Department of Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Other Professional Experience
1995 to Present: Editor, "On the Lower East Side" (Observations of Life in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the Turn of the Century)
1995 to Present: Editor, "Firewatch" (Journal on the Works of Thomas Merton and on the Contemplative Life)
1995: Associate Editor, Research on Contemplative Life
1987-1988: Director, Internship Program, Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota
1980-1982: Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1978-1979: Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

1983: Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship
1983: Member, Alpha Sigma Nu, Loyola University of Chicago