Amy Chasteen Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology

My research centers around two areas: sociology of gender and student development and success.

First, my primary area of research specialization is gender studies, with an emphasis on culture, health, and the body. For the past decade my publications have primarily been on topics related to childbirth specifically. Second, I have a growing interest in student engagement and persistence, particular for the "millennial" generation, and I have done research and presentation in this area for several years.

Over the past fifteen years, I have worked with undergraduate students on their honors theses and projects as well as incorporated them into my own research. I enjoy mentoring undergraduates on their development as researchers.


Selected Publications

Reid, Julie and Amy Chasteen Miller. 2014. " 'We Understand Better Because We Have Been Mothers': Teaching, Maternalism, and Gender Equality in Bolivian Education." Gender & Education 26 (6): 688-704.

Miller, Amy Chasteen. 2012. "On the Margins of the Periphery: Managing the Stigma of Unassisted Childbirth." Sociological Spectrum 32(5): 406-423.

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.

Shriver, Thomas E., Amy Chasteen Miller, and Sherry Cable. 2003. "Women's Work: Women's Involvement in the Gulf War Illness Movement." The Sociological Quarterly 44 (4): 639-658.

Kimmel, Sara Beth, Amy Lane Chasteen Miller, David Butler, M. Ray Grubbs, Shirley Olson, Ray Phelps, Maureen Ryan, and Elizabeth Semko. 2003. "The Gendered Construction of Interpersonal Power in Political Office." Journal of Business & Economics Research 1 (10): 15-26.

Shriver, Thomas E., Amy L. Chasteen, and Brent Adams. 2002. "Cultural and Political Constraints in the Gulf War Illness Social Movement." Sociological Focus 35 (2): 123-143.

Steward, Gary, Thomas E. Shriver and Amy L. Chasteen. 2002. "Participant Narratives and Collective Identity in a Metaphysical Movement." Sociological Spectrum 22 (1): 107-135.

Chasteen, Amy L. 2001. "Constructing Rape: Feminism, Change and Women's Everyday Understandings of Sexual Assault. Sociological Spectrum 21 (2): 101-140.
**Reprinted in Alex Thio and Thomas C. Calhoun (Eds.) Readings in Deviant Behavior (1st-4th Edition). Pearson.

Chasteen, Amy L. and Thomas Shriver. 1998. "Race, Rap and Resistance: A Social Movement Analysis of the Wu-Tang Clan." Challenge Summer/Fall 1998, Vol. 9, No 2.

Daly, Kathleen and Amy L. Chasteen. 1997. "Crime News, Crime Fear, and Women's Everyday Lives." In Feminism, Media and the Law, eds. Martha Albertson Fineman and Martha McCluskey, 235-248. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chasteen, Amy L. 1994. "'The World Around Me': The Environment and Single Women." Sex Roles 31: 309-328.