Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Jody Miller



Ph.D. (1996) University of Southern California


Jody Miller’s primary research examines how inequalities of gender, race, and class shape young women’s participation in crime and risks for victimization.  Her books include the award winning Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence (NYU Press, 2008) 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, and the ASC Division on Women and Crime’s Distinguished Scholar Award. Miller is currently Lead Researcher (with Nilu Abeyaratne) of the study Sex Work and Violence in Sri Lanka, for the United Nations Population Fund and UN Development Programme in Asia. She is on the Steering Committee of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network.

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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