Barbara Miller is professor of cultural anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University. She has done most of her research on gender and health issues in India. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.
Professor Miller received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University. She joined the Elliott School of International Affairs in 1993 as a specialist in the anthropology of international development. Before that, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Her current research takes three directions: child survival and gender inequality in India, health and illness patterns cross-culturally as affected by rapid development and population movements, and the role of culture in international policy and programs.
She is the director of the Elliott School’s Culture in Global Affairs research and policy program and the director of the Global Gender Program.
Professor Miller teaches undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and medical anthropology and graduate seminars in medical anthropology and culture, risk and security.
Professor Miller served as the associate dean of the Elliott School from July 1999 to August 2002 and is currently serving a three-year term as associate dean for faculty affairs in the school, starting July 2009.
Her books include:
- The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1997)
- An edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
- A co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press, 1998)
- Three undergraduate textbooks:
Contributor: Sean Carey
Sean Carey obtained his Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
He has lectured at the University of Northumbria and was a research associate at Royal Holloway College investigating “street life and ethnicity” – how members of different ethnic groups used (or did not use) a variety of public spaces – in a number of east and north London boroughs.
Sean Carey is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Visiting Lecturer in the Business School, University of Roehampton, and a Centre for London Associate. He writes for the Guardian, Mauritius Times, New African and New Statesman.