Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, a Faculty Associate in the Population Studies Center, and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. His research, writing, and advocacy focus on the lives of prisoners and former prisoners and on how carceral expansion has transformed the urban landscape. Professor Miller's work has been published, or accepted for publication, in journals of criminology, human rights, law, public health, psychology, sociology and social work.
He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States, and two special editions of peer reviewed journals, one on poverty and incarceration, and the other, on the state of black boys and men after Ferguson. He was invited to membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for critical inquiry and scholarly innovation, for the 2016-17 academic year. An ethnographer, Dr. Miller is writing a book on prisoner reentry titled Halfway Home, and is wrapping up a study on how the rise of the carceral state has transformed the lifeworlds of the urban poor in the U.S. and Europe.