About

“Brian” is Dr. Brian Miller, associate professor of sociology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Brian’s published work includes studies of suburban growth and development, religion in the suburbs, McMansions, immigrants in the American suburbs, the redevelopment of the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago, and social network site use among emerging adults. He teaches classes such as American Suburbanization, Urban Sociology, Culture, Media, & Society, Statistics, and Research Methods. Contact Brian through his Wheaton page for more information.

Here are some of his published works:

Miller, Brian J. 2017 (online). “Growing Suburbs, Relocating Churches: The Suburbanization of Protestant Churches in the Chicago Region, 1925-1990.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Miller, Brian J. 2017. “From I Love Lucy in Connecticut to Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane: Suburban TV Shows, 1950-2007.” Sociological Focus 50(3):277-290.

Miller, Brian J. 2016. “A Small Suburb Becomes a Boomburb: Explaining Suburban Growth in Naperville, Illinois.” Journal of Urban History 42(6):1135-1152.

Brenneman, Robert and Brian J. Miller. 2016. “When Bricks Matter: Four Arguments for the Sociological Study of Religious Buildings.” Sociology of Religion 77(1):82-101.

Miller, Brian J. 2016. “Measuring Religion in Different Spatial Contexts: How Surveys Involving Religion Inconsistently Determine Locations.” Review of Religious Research 58(2):285-304.

Miller, Brian J. and Peter Mundey. 2015. “Follow the Rules and No One Will Get Hurt: Performing Boundary Work to Avoid Negative Interactions When Using Social Network Sites.” Information, Communication, and Society 18(2):187-201.

Miller, Brian J. 2014. “Suburban America.” Pp. 844-849 in American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change, Second Edition, edited by James Ciment and John Radzilowski. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference.

Miller, Brian J. 2013. “Not All Suburbs are the Same: The Role of Character in Shaping Growth and Development in Three Chicago Suburbs.” Urban Affairs Review 49(5): 652-677.

Miller, Brian J., Peter Mundey, and Jonathan P. Hill. 2013. “Faith in the Age of Facebook: Exploring the Links Between Religion and Social Network Site Membership and Use.” Sociology of Religion 74(2):227-253.

Miller, Brian J. 2012. “Competing Visions of the American Single Family Home: Defining McMansions in the New York Times and Dallas Morning News, 2000-2009.” Journal of Urban History 38(6):1094-1113.

Miller, Brian J. 2008. “The Struggle Over Redevelopment at Cabrini-Green, 1989-2004.” Journal of Urban History 34(6):944-960.

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