Amy Chasteen Miller

Professor of Sociology

Research interests
Dr. Miller's primary area of specialization is gender studies, with additional research interests in deviant behavior, culture, and health. Since 2003, her research has focused on the sociology of childbirth. In a large-scale project to explore women's diverse experiences with childbirth in the U.S., she has conducted qualitative research on midwives and their clients, women who choose unassisted homebirth, and the experiences of women giving birth in hospitals. Dr. Miller serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Letters, but she continues to teach one course each semester in the sociology program.

Publications
Miller, Amy Chasteen.
2012. “On the Margins of the Periphery: Managing the Stigma of Unassisted Childbirth.” Sociological Spectrum 32(5): 406-423.
            **Winner of the 2012 Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year award

Miller, Amy Chasteen and Thomas E. Shriver. 2012. “Women’s Childbirth Preferences and Practices in the United States.” Social Science and Medicine, 75: 709-716.

Miller, Amy Chasteen. 2009. “‘Midwife to Myself’: Birth Narratives Among Women Choosing Unassisted Homebirth.” Sociological Inquiry 79(1): 51-74.

Miller, Amy Chasteen. 2007. “‘Like a Natural Woman’: Negotiating Collective Gender Identity in an Alternative World.” Sociological Spectrum 27(1): 3-28.

Courses
SOC 101. Understanding Society
SOC 340. Deviant Behavior
SOC 423/523. Sociology of Health
SOC 482. Sociological Theory