Reuben Jonathan Miller

Reuben Jonathan Miller (2020) is an assistant professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA). His research examines social life at the intersections of race, poverty and criminal justice policy. Reuben has conducted fieldwork in Chicago, Detroit and New York City, examining 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. Prior to joining SSA, Reuben 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. He was selected as a 2016 Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., the world’s leading center for curiosity driven research, and was a visiting fellow at Dartmouth University and a national fellow at the New America Foundation in 2018.

As a Logan fellow, Reuben will work on his book, “Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration” (Little Brown and Company), and subsequent articles, based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated people, their children, partners, parents and friends.