photo: Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller

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
Suite 501
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-7257
Fax: 202-994-0335

Areas of Expertise

Culture and globalization; anthropology and policy; global gender policy; food and culture, social dimensions of disaster prevention and response; and South Asia and the Caribbean


Blogs: AnthropologyWorks; global.gender.current

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: the role of culture/society in international policy and programs, what works in global gender policy, and  child survival and gender inequality in India.

Professor Miller teaches undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and graduate seminars medical anthropology and culture, food, and globalization. Professor Miller served as the Associate Dean of the Elliott School from 1999- 2002 and from 2009-2012.


Ph.D., Syracuse University