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Corey Miles Assistant Professor Sociology

Corey Miles

Assistant Professor
220 Newcomb Hall


Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2019


Corey J. Miles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Africana Studies Program.


Dr. Miles research interests are situated at the nexus of Black performativity and carcerality, with a regional focus on the U.S. south. He investigates how surveillance and policing are technologies that fuel the structure of the U.S. south, and the ways Black aesthetics has challenged the epistemological assumptions of this structure. His forthcoming book Hip-Hop's Vibe: Rural Black Aesthetics and Racialized Emotions in the Carceral South (University Press of Mississippi) maps the ways the U.S. south itself is a site of carcerality, and how trap music is used as a relational space to contest and make sense of emotional and spatial violence. Dr. Miles explores how racialized emotions, often built into the gritty cadence of trap music, are important analytical sites for understanding the emotional, spatial, and temporal violence of anti-Black structures. In addition to his work on Black performativity, he is interested in Black temporality. His current project builds on the idiom that suggests ‘doing time’ is a carceral experience and asks, “In what ways do Black people resist doing time and/or time itself?”


Selected Publications

Miles, Corey. Hip-Hop's Vibe: Rural Black Aesthetics and Racialized Emotions in the Carceral South. (University Press of Mississippi, under advanced contract).

Miles, Corey. (2020). Rural Feminist Trap: Stylized Gendered Performativity in Trap Music. Journal of Hip-Hop Studies 7(1), 44-70.

Miles, Corey. (2021). “Resisting the Criminalization of Hip Hop Culture among Africana People.” In The Routledge Handbook of Africana Criminologies. Edited by Biko Agozino, Viviane Saleh-Hanna, Emmanuel Onyeozili, and Nantyatyanbo Dastile, Routledge.