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 and cities, social network site use among emerging adults, McMansions, suburbs depicted on television, immigrants in the American suburbs, and the redevelopment of the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. 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.

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Here are some of his published works:

Miller, Brian J. 2019. ““Would Prefer a Trailer Park to a Large [Religious] Structure”: Suburban Responses to Proposals for Religious Buildings.” The Sociological Quarterly 60(2): 265-286.

Miller, Brian J. 2018. “Still Standing After All These Years: The Presence and Internet Presentation of Religious Buildings in the Chicago Area, 1936-2016.” Visual Studies 33(4):326-342.

Miller, Brian J. 2018. “A McMansion for the Suburban Mob Family: The Unfulfilling Single-Family Home of The Sopranos.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 46(4):207-218.

Miller, Brian J. 2018. “Suburbanism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, ed. Lynette Spillman.

Miller, Brian J. 2017. “Growing Suburbs, Relocating Churches: The Suburbanization of Protestant Churches in the Chicago Region, 1925-1990.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(2):342-364.

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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