Joshua Miner

Joshua Miner
  • Affiliate Faculty, Indigenous Studies
  • Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Film & Media Studies

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall, Room 118C
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
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 BodiesThe Computer Games JournalInformation, Communication & SocietyGamevironmentsSurveillance & SocietyInternational 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 and media, video game theory and design, film and media aesthetics, documentary and experimental media, activist media theory, and sound design.


Ph.D. in English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
M.A. in Linguistics, University of North Texas, Denton, TX


Research interests:

  • Native U.S./Canadian Film & Digital Media
  • Indigenous Media Theory
  • Tactical & Activist Media
  • Digital Aesthetics
  • Computational Media & Design
  • Transmedia Studies
  • Social & Participatory Media
  • Critical Health Studies


Teaching interests:

  • Global Indigenous Film & Media
  • Activist Media Studies
  • Digital Media & Culture
  • Transmedia Studies
  • Documentary Film & Media
  • Video Game Studies
  • Emerging Cinema