Michelle Hughes Miller

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Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: CMC 202K
Phone:  813-974-4913

Curriculum Vitae


Michelle Hughes Miller, PhD, is Professor in the USF Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a feminist criminologist with a PhD in Sociology (Nebraska, 1997), she teaches classes on Feminist Pedagogy and Feminist Research Methods, and substantive seminars and undergraduate courses on Politics of Motherhood, Women and Social Justice, and Gender, Crime & Justice.

In 2017, Dr. Hughes Miller achieved recognition for her work in diversity in STEM, analyzing the problem of campus violence, and expanding the field of motherhood studies when she received a USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award.

She has published three well-regarded co-edited books: Bad Mothers: Representations, Regulations and Resistance (Demeter Press, 2017), Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses (Temple University Press, 2017), and Alliances for Advancing Academic Women: Guidelines for Collaborating in STEM (Sense Publishers, 2014).

She has substantial STEM-related funded research activity with two interdisciplinary multi-year grants totaling more than $500,000. This includes a 2017 collaborative grant: “Exploring the Effects of Academic Climate and Social Networks on the Persistence of Sexual and Gender Minority STEM Undergraduates.”

In addition, she has published over two dozen articles and book chapters on constructions of motherhood in law and policy, systemic responses to violence against women, and strategies to expand diversity in STEM disciplines.