Richard Miller’s research and teaching interests include religion and political ethics, theory and method in religious thought and ethics, social and cultural criticism, and practical ethics. He is the author of Interpretations of Conflict: Ethics, Pacifism, and the Just-War Tradition; Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning; Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine; and Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought. He is currently at work on two book projects: a collection of papers on religion, ethics, and culture; and a critical monograph on theory, method, and purpose in the academic study of religion.
Miller has published in the Journal of Religion, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, Theological Studies, Soundings, Ethics and International Affairs, and Harvard Theological Review. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the Lilly Endowment.
Miller received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1985. He previously taught at Indiana University and was the director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions from 2003 through 2013.