Miller is an assistant professor of sociology. She went to Berea College for her bachelor’s degree, and Indiana University, Bloomington for her masters and Ph.D. She was the first woman in her family to attend college. According to Miller, Berea College gave her a unique support system, as the college is for lower income students, many of whom are first-generation. In graduate school, Miller had to work hard to find a group of like-minded people, which she advises other first-year students do.
“I think that being first-generation makes me a better teacher, and a better instructor in the classroom,” Miller said. “Because I’ve felt, since I was in high school, that all students deserve access to a quality education. And so I don’t take the classroom for granted.”