Loyola University Chicago


Reuben Jonathan Miller

School of Social Work

Reuben Jonathan Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration

Reuben Jonathan Miller, PhD (PhD ‘13), is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and a faculty affiliate in the university’s Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. Prior to joining SSA, Dr. Miller 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 Afro American and African Studies.

Dr. Miller’s research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. He has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Detroit, and New York City to examine how law, policy, and emergent practices of state and third-party supervision 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 public policies, he conducts ongoing fieldwork in Glasgow, Belgrade, and Malmo.

Dr. Miller has published widely in peer-reviewed journals across a range of academic fields. The media frequently call on him to give commentary on issues of the day, and he has been selected for numerous awards and prestigious fellowships. For example, in 2016, Dr. Miller was one of the only social work scholars to be selected for membership in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, the world’s leading center for curiosity-driven research, and in 2018, he was selected as a visiting fellow at Dartmouth University.

In fall 2019, Dr. Miller’s book based on 15 years of fieldwork and practice, titled Halfway Home, will be published, and he is launching a comparative study of punishment and social welfare policy in port cities along the transatlantic slave trade route.

A native son of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Miller received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago (2013), an AM (master’s degree) in clinical social work from the University of Chicago (2007), and a BA in general studies from Chicago State University.