School of Social Service Administration
Reuben Jonathan Miller’s research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. He is completing a book, “Halfway Home,” based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated people, and their family members, intimate partners, and friends. He has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, examining how law, policy, and emergent practices of state and third-party supervision have changed the contours of citizenship, activism, community, and family life for poor black Americans and the urban poor more broadly. To capture the effects of crime control on social life in global cities with different social policy regimes, he conducts ongoing fieldwork in Glasgow, Belgrade, and Malmö. This year, Miller is launching a comparative study of punishment and social welfare policy in the port cities that were most involved in the transatlantic slave trade for a book project titled “On the Tracks of Empire.”
Miller received an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago. Previously he 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 Afroamerican and African Studies. He was selected as a 2016 member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.