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Jennifer Miller PhD


[Miller PhD, Jennifer]
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, English


SPRING OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 and by appointment in CARLISLE 525

Jennifer Miller is an adjunct assistant professor of English and Sociology.

Dr. Miller's interdisciplinary research focuses on gender, sexuality, children, and childhood. Her work is published in several journals including European Journal of American Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, and Fast Capitalism (forthcoming Fall 2019). She has also published book chapters in Heroes, Heroines, and Everything in Between and The Dialectic of Digital Culture (forthcoming Fall 2019), which she is co-editing.

Dr. Miller is currently working on several projects. Her book manuscript, The New Queer Children’s Literature: Exploring the Principles and Politics of Post-Millennial LGBTQ* Children’s Picture Books, is under contract with The University Press of Mississippi. She is also contributing to an open access Introduction to LGBTQ Studies textbook. Her contributions include an introductory chapter about Queer Theory and a profile about LGBTQ children's literature.

Additionally, Dr. Miller has started a book review blog, RaiseThemRighteous, which explores socially engaged children's picture books. She served as a Cybils Awards Judge (2018) and participated as a reviewer in Multicultural Children's Literature Day (2019).

Dr. Miller has taught for the English Department, Sociology Department, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UT Arlington. The courses she has taught include: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, Introduction to Popular Culture, Social Justice Theory, Senior Seminar: Digital Culture, Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretation, Introduction to Technical Writing, Developmental English, Composition I and II, Sophmore Literature: Representations of Children and Childhood, Sophmore Literature: Graphic Memoir, World Literature: Banned Literature, and Women's Speculative Literature.

Dr. Miller earned a PhD in Cultural Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from George Mason University, a MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and BAs in English Literature and Women's and Gender Studies from Montclair State Unviersity.

Contact: Dr. Miller at

Professional Preparation

    • 2004 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (Degree Minor),  Montclair State University
    • 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Women's StudiesMontclair State University
    • 2006 MA in Literary and Cultural StudiesCarnegie Mellon University
    • 2014 PhD in Cultural StudiesGeorge Mason University
    • 2011 Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender StudiesGeorge Mason University


    • Aug 2016 to Present Adjunct Lecturer
      University of Texas at Arlington   English Department


  • Membership
    • Jan 2017 to Present Children's Literature Association
    • Jan 2015 to Present National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

Research and Expertise

  • Gender/Sexuality/Children's Culture

    Gender/Sexuality/Children's Culture


      Journal Article Accepted
      • “Bound to Capitalism: The Pursuit of Profit and Pleasure in Digital Pornography.” Fast Capitalism. (Forthcoming). Journal Article. Peer reviewed.

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Book Accepted
      • The Dialectic of Digital Culture. Eds. David Arditi and Jennifer Miller. (Forthcoming with Lexington). Book.  

        {Peer Reviewed }
      • The New Queer Children's Literature: Exploring the Politics and Principles of Post-Millenial LGBTQ Children's Picture Books. (Forthcoming). University Press of Mississippi.

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Book Review 2018
      • “Queering the Straight(ish) Sitcom.” The Straight Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom by Tison Pugh. Popular Culture Studies Journal. Fall 2018. Book review.

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Journal Article 2018
      • “Queer Theory.” The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. Eds. Neil Badmington and Emma Mason. Volume 28, 2018. Peer reviewed. Journal article.

        {Review essay }
      • "For the Little Queers: Imagining Queerness in the "New" Queer Children's Literature." Journal of Homosexuality. (Forthcoming).

        {Peer Reviewed }


    • June  2018
      Reading Gender through the Metaphor of Water in New Queer Children’s Literature
      This presentation explored representations of LGBTQ children's picture books through the metaphor of water suggesting that thinking about gender and sexual identities as authentic but not essential could be useful for our understanding of identity formations throughout the lifecycle.
    • November  2016
      A Little Queer - Ambivalence and the Work of Gender Play in Children's Literature
      Organized panel presentation with contributions from Heroes, Heroines, and Everything in Between book project.
    • November  2015
      Bound to Capitalism: Kink, Commodity Culture, and the Question of Authenticity
      Contributed to panel about commodification and queer sexualities.
    • September  2010
      Save the Children, Save the World: Notes on Censorship and Citizenship
      Paper presentation at GMU's CS Graduate Conference: K(no)w Tomorrow: Contradictions of Imagining the Future
    • November  2009
      The Violence of Everyday Life: Queer Visibilities
      Conference Presenation at Queer Art/Queer Action (Politics of Possibility): UNCA GLBTQ Conference
    • April  2009
      Film Censorship and the Cultural Reproduction of the Happy Hetero-Family
      Conference Presentation

Other Creative Activities

  • 2018
    • Blog
      • Aug 2018

        Children's literature book reviews.




        ENGL 2303 Graphic Memoir

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours2 Documents

        Technical Writing

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 2309-010 WORLD LITERATURE

        World Literature: Banned, Censored, and Controversial Culture

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 2338-007 Technical Writing

        This course introduces students to the fundamentals of technical writing. Students will be introduced to the types of documents frequently created in professional settings including project proposals, informational reports, formal letters, and emails. Students will identify and perform critical steps required of professional communication including audience analysis, research, drafting, and revising. By working independently as well as collaboratively, students will develop the skills required of communicators in today’s fast-paced, information driven, and collaborative workplace.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 1301-012 Composition and Rhetoric I

        ENGL 1301 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I: This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in communication. This course will require students to read rhetorically and analyze scholarly texts on a variety of subjects. The course emphasizes writing to specific audiences and understanding how information is context dependent and audience specific. Students must engage with a variety of ideas and learn how to synthesize those in college level essays. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours

        Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies explores US feminist histories, contemporary womens issues, and key words and ideas in the field.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Aug 2017 to  Present Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board

      Womens and Gender Studies Advisory Board Fall 2017+

  • Appointed
    • May 2018 to  July 2018 Interdisciplinary Studies Steering Committee

      Curriculum/Program development

Administrative Appointment

  • 2013
    • Sept 2013 to Feb 2015 - Diversity Certificate Program Advisor, University of Texas at Arlington