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Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School and the Department of Race, Diaspora, & Indigeneity, and a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. His research examines how racialized and poor people experience law, crime control and social welfare policy. His first book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration is based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends in Chicago, Detroit, and a number of cities across the United States.
To capture the effects of crime control in global cities under different public policy regimes, Miller conducts ongoing fieldwork in the UK and the EU, and will begin fieldwork on the African Continent and in the Carribbean. He is currently conducting research on the “moral worlds” of people we’ve deemed violent and a comparative study of punishment and social welfare policy in port cities that were most involved in the transatlantic slave trade.
Prior to joining Crown Family School, Dr. Miller was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan where he served as a Faculty Associate in the Population Studies Center and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Afro American and African Studies. He was selected as a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ (2016-17), the world’s leading center for curiosity driven research, a visiting fellow at Dartmouth University (2018) and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt National Fellow at the New America Foundation (2018-19). His work has been published in journals of criminology, human rights, law, psychology, sociology, social work and public health and he is frequently called upon to offer commentary on issues of crime, punishment, racism and poverty.
A native son of Chicago’s Southside, Dr. Miller received his Ph.D from Loyola University Chicago, an AM from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Chicago State University.