Texas Tech University

Lauren Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ethnology
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

I am an associate professor of anthropology at Texas Tech University. I joined the faculty in 2016 and teach courses in cultural anthropology, anthropological theory and method, Latin America, performance, and tourism. Please email me or schedule a meeting with me at the following site if you would like to discuss my research or teaching interests: calendly.com/laurenmillergriffith/officehours 

Dr. Lauren Miller interviewing Cyrilla Cho, Maya entrepreneur from the village of San Felipe, Belize.


I received my Ph.D. (2010) and my M.A. (2008) degrees in cultural anthropology from Indiana University. My B.A. in anthropology was awarded at Texas A&M University (2003).


My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to tourism, embodiment & performance in Latin America and the U.S. My first book, In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition (Berghahn Books, 2016), examines the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and its international practitioners.  I coined the term “apprenticeship pilgrimage” to describe the journeys non-Brazilian capoeiristas make to Brazil as a way of alleviating anxieties about their ability to embody a foreign cultural tradition.Apprenticeship Pilgrimage is also the focus of a second book that I am currently working on with co-author Jonathan Marion. My writings have also appeared in the Journal of Sport and Tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, and Theatre Annual.

More recently, I have begun researching how tourism affects communities in Belize. I am interested in things like how tourist demand for eco-friendly accommodations influences local subsistence practices. I am also continuing my inquiry into the nature of authenticity by looking at tourists' perceptions of heritage tourism attractions in small Maya communities. As a faculty member at Texas Tech, I look forward to bringing students with me to assist with these investigations.

Dr. Miller's latest book, Graceful Resistance, looks at the connections between capoeira and various acts of social justice.

Contact Information

My office is Holden Hall 275. Although I do hold regular office hours, I can best meet your needs if you schedule a meeting in advance and let me know what you wish to discuss. You can schedule a meeting with me at the following website: https://calendly.com/laurenmillergriffith

My email address is <lauren.griffith@ttu.edu>

My mailing address is:
Lauren E. Miller
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Texas Tech University
Box 41012
2500 Broadway Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-1012

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work