Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Jody Miller

Professor and Faculty Chair


Ph.D. (1996) University of Southern California



Jody Miller’s research utilizes qualitative methods to investigate how inequalities of gender, race, sexuality and place shape participation in crime and risks for victimization, with concentrations in the United States and South Asia. Her books include Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence (NYU Press, 2008)—winner of the American Sociological Association’s Race, Class and Gender Section Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award (2010) and finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award (2009)—and One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2001).  Dr. Miller has published dozens of articles and book chapters, including in Criminology, Gender & Society, Signs, Theoretical Criminology, and British Journal of Criminology. She is past recipient of the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime (2009), the ASC Division on Women and Crime’s Distinguished Scholar Award (2010) and New Scholar Award (2001), and the ASC’s Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award (2001). Miller is a Steering Committee member of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network. In 2014, she was named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Areas of Specialization
Feminist Theory
Gender, Crime and Victimization
Qualitative Research Methods
Race, Neighborhoods and Inequality

Key and Recent Publications

Lindegaard, Marie Rosenkrantz, Jody Miller and Danielle M. Reynald. 2013. “Cultural Heterogeneity, Transitory Mobility and Victimization Risk among Young Men of Color: Insights from an Ethnographic Study in Cape Town, South Africa.” Criminology. 51: 967-1008.

Miller, Jody and Kristin Carbone-Lopez. 2013. “Gendered Carceral Regimes in Sri Lanka: Colonial Laws, Post-Colonial Practices, and the Social Control of Sex Workers.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 39: 79-103.

Carbone-Lopez, Kristin and Jody Miller. 2012. “Precocious Role Entry as a Mediating Factor in Women’s Methamphetamine Use: Implications for Life-Course and Pathways Research.” Criminology. 50: 187-220.

Henriksen, Ann-Karina and Jody Miller. 2012. “Dramatic Lives and Relevant Becomings: Toward a Deleuze- and Guattari-Inspired Cartography of Young Women’s Violent Conflicts.” Theoretical Criminology. 16: 435-461.

Carbone-Lopez, Kristin, Jennifer Gatewood Owens*, and Jody Miller. 2012. “Women’s ‘Storylines’ of Methamphetamine Initiation in the Midwest.” Journal of Drug Issues. 42: 226-246.

Miller, Jody and Andrea Nichols. 2012. “Identity, Sexuality, and Commercial Sex among Sri Lankan Nachchi.” Sexualities. 15: 554-569.

Miller, Jody. 2011. “Beach Boys or Sexually Exploited Children? Competing Narratives of Sex Tourism and their Impact on Young Men in Sri Lanka’s Sex Industry.” Crime, Law and Social Change. 56: 485-508.

Miller, Jody. 2008. Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence. New York: New York University Press

2010 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, Race, Gender, and Class Section, American Sociological Association
2008 Finalist, C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems

Miller, Jody. 2001. One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs and Gender. New York: Oxford University Press


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