About / CV

Jared Miracle holds a doctorate in anthropology from Texas A&M University, where profile imagehis research focused on transnationalism and folklore between East Asia and the West, especially where violence and the fighting arts are concerned. His professional interests include popular culture, martial arts, East Asia, archives, narrative, masculinity, violence, the supernatural, human exploration of space, and foodways. In addition to anthropology and folk studies, he has experience working in archives and document curation, is fluent in Japanese, can read Mandarin, and is a popular guest speaker on topics involving the martial arts and Japanese popular culture. He is currently seeking a publisher for a manuscript exploring the history and social role of Japanese martial arts in the United States. Jared is also at work on a book about Pokémon from a social scientific perspective.

He is available for guest talks and happy to travel or tele-lecture. Please see the ‘contact’ page if you’d like to request an article, interview, or other service relating to his role as a subject matter expert.

…and he makes a pretty fantastic omelette.


 

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Violence, Folklore, Supernatural, Religion, Media Studies, Popular Culture, Transnational Culture, Martial Arts, Foodways

 

EDUCATION:

Ph.D.               Texas A&M University, 2014 (Anthropology)

B.A.                 Purdue University, 2008 (Asian Studies)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2014-2015       Graduate Assistant to the Department Head (Texas A&M, Anthropology)

2011-2014       Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M (Courses: Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of the World, Anthropological Writing)

2008-2011       Assistant Language Teacher, Koshu City Board of Education, Yamanashi, Japan

 

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Folklore Society

JET Alumni Association

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2014                Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Humanities Research Award

2014                Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Graduate Research Fellowship

2014                Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Professional Development Support Award (2)

2014                Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Professional Development Support Award (1)

2011 – 2014    Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies

 

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS:

In press           “Frankenstein versus Subterranean Monster Baragon,” in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror. Salvador Murguia, editor. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

In press           “Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek,” in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror. Salvador Murguia, editor. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

In press           “Martial Arts,” in Youth Cultures in America. Simon Bronner, Mary Napoli, and Cindy Dell Clark, editors. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

2014                “Supernatural Sources of Martial Power: A Cross-Cultural Investigation,” Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas 9(1):42-53. University of León, Spain.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

2012                “Voodoo and Pugilism at the Crossroads.” In Biavati, Franco and Sergio Raimondo (Ed.), Proceedings of the First IMACSSS International Conference (pp. 86). Genova, Italy: International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society, Unione Italiana Sportpertutti Area Discipline Orientali, Laboratorio di Ricerca Sociale – Dipartimento di Scienze Motorie e della Salute Università di Cassino, Italy.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

2014                “Western Bushido: The American Invention of Asian Martial Arts,” Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2014.

2013                “Suffering Voice and Body: An Aesthetic of Thresholds in Boxing, Blues, and Vodou,” Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, Providence, Rhode Island, October 2013.

 

PUBLIC TALKS:

2014                “Deep Multiplayer: The 2000-year History and Social Impact of Pokémon,” Texas A&M Anthropological Society

2014                “Come a Good Punch-Up: Robert W. Smith and the Invention of Asian Martial Arts,” Cushing Memorial Library Graduate Research Presentations

2014                “Western Bushido,” Texas A&M Japan Student Association

2014                “The American Invention of Asian Martial Arts,” Melbern G. Glassock Center for Humanities Research Graduate Colloquium Series

 

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN POPULAR VENUES:

2015                “Deadliest Hands vs. Deadliest Man: Euhemerism, Donn Draeger, and Count Dante,” Martial Arts Studies (www.martialartsstudies.org)

2015                “Pokémon, Crickets, and Deep Play in Chinese and Japanese Martial Culture,” Kung Fu Tea

2014                “Pokémon’s Ancient Chinese Roots,” 60cards.net

2014                “Of Crickets and Gourds: Pokémon as Ancient Chinese Folk Game,” The Geek Anthropologist

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

2014                Oral History Summer School (intensive training in Hudson, NY)

2014                Professional Certification in Online Teaching

 

SERVICE:

2014                Judge (Social Sciences and Humanities), Texas A&M Student Research Week

2012-2013       Faculty/Staff Advisor, Texas A&M Bisbee Society

 

LANGUAGES:

Japanese         Fluent

Chinese           Conversational spoken Mandarin; reading proficiency

 

COURSES PREPARED TO TEACH:

Introduction to Anthropology; Folklore and Folk Studies; Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of Sport; Media Studies; Popular Culture Studies; Violence and Society; Twentieth Century Asia; Asian and Asian American Studies; Violence and the Media

*Other courses as requested