University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller


Sarah Miller is a doctoral candidate who focuses on the study of youth, culture, and social inequality. Her current ethnographic work investigates how schools, families, and youth can work together to promote positive school climates and healthy teen friendships/relationships. Sarah has also studied how race, class, and sexuality shape girls’ experiences with bullying & peer conflict, and how these experiences shift for young women as they transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Her research has received funding from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School and the Center for Research on Families. Sarah has worked as a research assistant for Advocates for Youth, and for Amy Schalet on multiple Ford Foundation funded grants focused on advancing adolescent health, policy, and sexuality education. Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked at Google and directed a sexual violence prevention program in Chicago.


2014 Certificate of
Advanced Feminist Studies
University of Massachusetts–Amherst
2007 M.A. Women’s Studies San Francisco State University
2002 B.A. Psychology & Women’s Studies St. Olaf College


Schalet, Amy, John Santelli, Stephen Russell, Carolyn Halpern, Sarah Miller, Sarah Pickering, Shoshana Goldberg, and Jennifer Hoenig. 2014. “Broadening the Evidence for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Education in the United States.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43(10):1595-1610.

Miller, Sarah. 2013. “In Defense of Danger: Sex, Schools and the Politics of Discourse.” Sexualities 16(5/6):604-621.


Courses Taught

  • SOCIOL 397 – Youth & Social Inequality; Fall 2014
  • SOCIOL 344 – Gender & Crime; Fall 2013, Spring 2014
  • SOCIOL 387 – Sexuality and Society; Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2014

Teaching Assistantships

  • SOCIOL 110 – Intro to Sociology; Spring 2011
  • SOCIOL 222 – The Family; Fall 2010
  • SOCIOL 106 – Race, Gender, Class, Ethnicity; Spring 2010
  • WOMS 512/712 – Feminist Approaches to Sexual Identities and Cultures; Spring 2007 (SF State)


Department of Sociology • Thompson Hall • University of Massachusetts–Amherst, MA 01003