Keith Miller

Ross-Blakley Hall 208
PO Box 871401
Emeritus Professor


In his research, Keith Miller mainly focuses on the rhetoric and songs of the civil rights movement. He is the author of Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Great, Final Speech and Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources, which was favorably reviewed in Washington Post and is widely cited. His essays on Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, C.L. Franklin, and Fannie Lou Hamer have appeared in many scholarly collections and in such leading journals as College English, College Composition and Communication, Publication of the Modern Language Association, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Journal of American History. His essay “Second Isaiah Lands in Washington, D.C.: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ as Biblical Narrative and Biblical Hermeneutic” was awarded Best Essay of the Year in Rhetoric Review in 2007.

His co-edited books include Selected Essays of Jim W. Corder (with James Baumlin), Beyond PostProcess and Postmodernism (with Theresa Enos), and New Bones: Contemporary Black Writers in the U.S. (with Kevin Everod Quashie and Joyce Lausch). He has given scholarly presentations at many national conferences and at Cambridge University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Florida State University, Penn State University, University of Alabama--Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama--Birmingham, and University of Arizona. A former associate chair of the Department of English and former Writing Program administrator, he co-authors with ASU graduate students. He has also taught at Texas Christian University, Ohio State University, and Chonbuk University of Jeonju, South Korea.


  • Ph.D. English, Texas Christian University
  • M.A. English Education, State University of New York-Albany
  • B.A. English, Texas Christian University

Research Interests

Graduate faculty in communication research areas: African American rhetoric, rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement, rhetoric and writing studies. 


Spring 2022
Course Number Course Title
ENG 309 Rhetoric for Writers
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 551 Rhetorical Traditions
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 472 Rhetorical Studies
ENG 551 Rhetorical Traditions
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 338 Protest Literature
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 551 Rhetorical Traditions
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 598 Special Topics


  • Keith D. Miller. Malcolm X's Apocalyptic Rhetoric: The Need to Esteem the Disparaged Tragic Frame. Rhetoric Society of America, Biannual Conference, Minneapolis, MN (May 2010).
  • Keith D. Miller. Chair of Panel on Consumption, Literature, and Language. Southwest Graduate Students of English Conference (Feb 2010).
  • Keith D. Miller and Kate Frost. Teaching War, Culture, Memory, and First-Year Composition in a Learning Community at ASU. ASU Composition Conference (Feb 2010).
  • Keith D. Miller. How Slaves, Ordinary People, and Martin Luther King Created the Civil Rights Movement. King Holiday Event (Jan 2010).
  • Keith D. Miller and Allison Parker. Arguing by Intimacy: Myrlie Evers-Williams Self-Disclosure Reframes the Long Civil Rights Movement. CCCC (Mar 2009).


  • WZZI -- National Public Radio Station, Rochester, NY, Interviewee (2011 - Present)
  • YNN Cable News Station, Time-Warner company, Interviewee (2011 - Present)
  • Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, Keynote Speaker for Martin Luther King Holiday (2010 - Present)
  • Co-Director of PhD program in Rhetoric/Composition/Linguistics in Dept. of English at ASU., Co-Director (2007 - Present)
  • CCCC Committee on the Major in Rhetoric and Compositon, committee member (2006 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, University Academic Senate, Committee Member (2009 - 2012)
  • University Faculty Senate and CLAS Senate, Representative of the Department of English (2009 - 2012)
  • University Academic Senate and CLAS Senate, Senator from Dept. of English (2009 - 2011)
  • Department of English, Chair of Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (2009 - 2010)
  • Rhetoric Society of America, Reviewer of Proposals for Conference Papers (2009 - 2009)
  • Rhetoric Review, Manuscript Reviewer (2007 - 2009)
  • Yale University Press, Reviewer of Book Manuscript (2008 - 2008)

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