Barbara Miller

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Director, Culture in Global Affairs Research and Policy Program
501 L Elliott School of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Culture and globalization; anthropology and policy; social inequality food and culture; 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.
Most of her research has focused on gender and health in India and South Asia more generally. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh. She is the principal investigator on a three-year award from the U.S. Department of State, along with Professor Shaista Khilji, to establish a long-term partnership with the Gender and Development Studies Department of the Lahore College for Women University in Pakistan. Objectives of the partnership are to enhance teaching, research, and cross-cultural understanding through faculty and student interchanges. She has taught undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and medical anthropology and graduate seminars development anthropology, medical anthropology, migration and mental health, and culture, food, and globalization. Professor Miller served as the Director of GW’s Women’s Studies Program from 1994-1999; as Associate Dean of the Elliott School from 1999-2002 and 2009-2012; as founding director of the Elliott School’s Global Gender Research and Policy Program from 2010 to 2016; and as director of the Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies from 2012-2016.


Ph.D., Syracuse University