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Reuben J. Miller

Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research

Reuben J. Miller

School of Social Work Assistant Professor Reuben Jonathan Miller is also a faculty associate in the Population Studies Center and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. His research, writing and advocacy focuses on the lives of prisoners and former prisoners and how carceral expansion has transformed the urban landscape.

Miller's work has been published in journals of criminology, human rights, law, public health, psychology, sociology and social work. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States, and two special editions of peer reviewed journals, one on poverty and incarceration, and the other, on the state of black male youth and men after Ferguson. He was honored to be invited to membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for critical inquiry and scholarly innovation, for the 2016-17 academic year.

An ethnographer, Miller is writing a book on prisoner reentry titled Halfway Home, and is concluding a study on how the rise of the carceral state has transformed the lifeworlds of the urban poor in the United States and Europe.

Research Interests/Focus

Prisoner reentry, crime control, criminal justice and social welfare policy, race and ethnic relations, urban poor

Education

Year Degree   School
2013 PhD Sociology Loyola University Chicago, IL
2007 MSSA Social Service Administration University of Chicago, IL
2006 BA Psychology Chicago State University, IL

Miller, R., & Alexander, A. (2016). The price of (carceral) citizenship: Punishment, surveillance and social welfare policy in an age if carceral expansion. Michigan Journal of Race and Law, 21(2), 291-311.

Watkins, D., Patton, D., & Miller, R. (2016). Introduction to the special issue on the intersections of race, gender, and class in the wake of a national crisis: The state of black boys and men Post-Ferguson. Journal of Men's.

Miller, R. J., & Purifoye, G. (2016). Carceral devolution and the transformation of urban America. The Voluntary Sector in Prisons 195-213. Palgrave MacMillan US.

Patton, D., Miller, R., Garbarino, J., Gale, A. & Kornfeld, E. (2016). Hardiness scripts: How high achieving African-American males navigate community violence and school. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(5), 638-655.

Miller, R. J., & Williams Miller, J. (2015). Baldwin's mill: Race, punishment and the pedagogy of repression, 1965-2015. Humanity and Society, 39(4), 456-475.

Miller, R. & Silvers, A. (2015). Global Poverty and the lived experience of poor communities in the United States. In S. Haymes, M. Vidal De Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Miller, R. & Miller, J. (2015). Transforming the welfare state: Criminalizing the poor. In S. Haymes, M. Vidal de Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Miller, R. & Miller, J. (2015). Organizing to resist neoliberal policies and poverty: Activism and advocacy. In S. Haymes, M. Vidal de Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Miller, R., Patton, D., & Williams, E. (2015). Rethinking Prisoner Reentry. Offender Programs Report, 19(1).

Miller, R. (2014). Devolving the carceral state: Race, prisoner reentry and the micro-politics of urban poverty management. Punishment and Society, 16(3), 305-335.

Nkansa-Amankra, S., Agbanu, S., & Miller, R. (2013). Disparities in health, poverty, incarceration and social justice among racial groups in the United States: A critical review of evidence of close links with neoliberalism. International Journal of Health Services, 43(2), 217-240.

Miller, R. & Haymes, S. (Eds.). (2012). Poverty, incarceration: Managing the poor in the neoliberal age. Journal of Poverty, 16(4).

Miller, R., & Haymes, S. (2012). Poverty, incarceration: a brief introduction. Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities, 16(3), 233-235.

Miller, R., & Piven, F. F. (2012). Poor people's movements and the power to disrupt: an interview with Francis Fox Piven. Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities, 16(3), 363-373.

Miller, R. (2012). Carceral politics are local too: the racial geography of prisoner reentry in the U.S.A. Discovering Desistance: An ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project.

Miller, R. (2010). [Review of the book Punishing the Poor: the Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity]. Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities, 14(4), 452-455.

George, C., Grossman, S., Sosin, M., Miller, R., Rumpf, C., Davis, J., & Hilvers, J. (2009). Qualitative report of the evaluation of the homelessness referral system in Chicago. Report to the City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services.

Ritsema, J., & Miller, R. (2009). Youth matters: engendering youth civic engagement through sociological imagination. Report to the Mayor's Office of Evanston Township, Ill.

Nyden, P., Ashton, P., Davis, J., Krogh, M., Miller, R., O'Loughlin, P., & Van Zytfield, D. (2008). Expanding knowledge through broader participation. Gateways International Journal of Community Research and Engagement.

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