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Matthew Thomas Miller

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Assistant Professor of Persian Literature & Digital Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Director and Principal Investigator of PersDig@UMD, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
Assistant Professor, Persian Literature & Digital Humanities, Persian

Matthew Thomas Miller, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Digital Humanities at Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and affiliate faculty of the Religious Studies and Comparative Literature programs and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. He also serves as the Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD) and as the co-PI for the multi-institutional Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI) and the Persian Manuscript Initiative (PMI). He has received generous funding for these projects from The Mellon Foundation, The National Science Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Islamic Manuscript Association. His research focuses on Sufism; the history of sexuality, the body, sense, and affect/emotion; Orientalism; and digital humanities. He currently is working on three primary projects: a monograph on the role of affect/emotion in premodern Sufi epistemology and subject formation, entitled Feeling Like Lovers: Affect in Medieval Sufism; an edited volume of studies of premodern Persian literature (with Domenico Ingenito), entitled Medieval and Early Modern Persian Poetry: Welcoming New Directions and Forgotten Geographies (Edinburgh University Press); and a book of translations of the (in)famous "rogue lyrics" (qalandariyyāt) of Sanāʾī, ʿAṭṭār, and ʿIrāqī, entitled God's Wild Lovers: The Ecstatic Lyrics of Sufism’s Rogue Poets (University of California Press). He also is a passionate activist for academic labor and works closely with the University of Maryland chapter of American Association of University Professors (UMD AAUP) to help improve higher education in Maryland and beyond.   


For more details, please see his website.