Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
Christopher Miller

Christopher Miller

Associate Director & Curator, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center
College Curator, Berea College

Mailing: CPO 2196, Berea, KY 40404

Office: Stephenson Hall, Room 225
Office Hours: M-F, 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Office Phone: 859-985-3373
Appalachian Center’s Fax: 859-985-3903

E-Mail: millerc@berea.edu

At Berea College since 1993


  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984
  • M.A., University of Delaware, 1990
  • Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies, University of Delaware, 1990

Special Interests

  • Material culture theory & methods, especially as applied to teaching
  • Comparative study of American Appalachia and Carpathian Ukraine
  • Place-based education
  • Project-based pedagogies, such as Guided Design and Design Thinking
  • Artifact collections in the digital age
  • The history of Berea College Crafts and Berea College Student Industries
  • The history of skittles-like games



Christopher Miller has spent most of his career exploring the use of museum-like modes of teaching and learning in the world of higher education. He has been at Berea College since 1993, initially appointed as Director of Berea College’s Appalachian Museum. While at Berea, Miller has also served as Network Services Administrator and Interim Director of the Appalachian Center. Prior to coming to Berea Miller spent seven years working in public museums: The Minnesota History Center, the Outagamie Museum (Appleton, WI), and the Houdini Historical Center. While training for this work, he also worked in museums Wilmington, Delaware and Statesboro, Georgia.

In 2011 Miller was a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine.  He taught at the Vasyl Stefanik Precarpathian National University Institute for Tourism and did research into the role of material culture and imagery in constructing and portraying highlander identity in Carpathian Mountain Ukraine.  In 2012 he won a renewal of his Fulbright Award and is due to return to Ukraine for the fourth time during spring 2014.

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