Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Global and International Studies; Director, Culture in Global Affairs Research and Policy Program; Director, Global Gender Program
|Address:||Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Areas of Expertise
Global gender policy; son preference; social dimensions of disaster prevention and response; South Asia
Professor Miller received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University. She joined the Elliott School in 1993 as a specialist in the anthropology of international development. Before that, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Miller has done most of her research on gender and health issues in India, but she has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh. Her current research takes three directions: what works in global gender policy; child survival and gender inequality in India; and the role of culture/society in international policy and programs.
Professor Miller teaches undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and medical anthropology and graduate seminars in global gender policy and medical anthropology. Professor Miller served as the Associate Dean of the Elliott School from 1999- 2002 and from 2009-2012.
- Cultural Anthropology (Pearson, 7th ed., 2013);
- Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World (Pearson, 3rd ed., 2012);
- Anthropology (Allyn & Bacon, 2008);
- Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures, coed. with Alf Hiltebeitel (SUNY Press, 1998);
- Sex and Gender Hierarchies, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1993); and
- The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1997).