Sociology Graduate Students

Kristin Morgan Miller

Research Interests

Cultural and Media Sociology
Visual Culture
Film & Digital Media
Urban Studies
Environmental Studies
Speculative Futurism and Science Fiction
Utopian Studies
Anthropocene Aesthetics
Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
Digital Humanities

Biography, Education and Training


Web Editor and Project Manager, UCSC
Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, 2018
No Place Like Home, 2016–2018, a UCHRI-funded interdisciplinary project on the regional housing crisis
Critical Sustainabilities, 2013–2018, a UC multi-campus work group on imaginaries of sustainability in California

Teaching Assistant, UCSC
Socy 105B - Contemporary Sociological Theory (Winter 2014, 15, 17)
Socy 105A - Classical Sociological Theory (Fall 2012, 13, 14; Summer 2015)
Socy 185 - Environmental Inequality (Winter 2016)
Socy 177 - Urban Sociology (Spring 2015)
Socy 158 - Politics of Sex Work and Erotic Labor (Summer 2014)
Socy 10 - Issues and Problems in American Society (Spring 2013)
Socy 01 - Intro to Sociology (Spring 2012)

History 172 - German Film 1919–1946 (Spring 2016)
Film 134a - American Film History: 1930–60 (Fall 2015)
HAVC 141B - Modern Art: Cubism to Pop (Winter 2013)

Reader, UCSC
Socy 177E - Eco-Metropolis (Spring 2013, 2014)
Socy 177G - Global Cities (Winter 2012) 

Teaching Assistant, NYU
Steinhardt, Media, Culture, and Communication 1012 - Crime, Violence, and the Media (Spring 2009)


Advanced to candidacy 2017
MA, UC Santa Cruz 2013 – Sociology
MA, New York University 2009 – Media, Culture, and Communication
- Thesis: The Green Paradox: Conscious Consumerism and Environmentalism in Contemporary Discourse
 - Graduate studies in Visual Culture + Technology • Columbia University, 9/05 – 6/06
AB, University of Chicago 2001 – English Literature and Photography
- Studies in Contemporary Art History • Université de Paris X, Nanterre, 9/99 – 6/00

Honors, Awards and Grants

HASTAC Scholar, 2016–2018
Digital Humanities Summer Insititute Scholarship, University of Victoria, BC, 2017
Association for Computers and the Humanities DHSI Travel Bursary, 2017
Invited Davies Forum Speaker, USF, 2016
UCHRI Engaging Humanities Supplemental Graduate Student Support for No Place Like Home, 2016
Selection Committee for Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology, 2016
Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology, First Prize, 2014
Graduate Student Association Research and Travel Grant 2012, 14, 15, 17
Sociology Department Travel and Research Award, 2013, 14, 16, 18
University of California Regents Fellowship, 2011–12

Selected Presentations

Invited Davies Forum speaker, Making Sense of the Anthropocene, USF, – October 2016
Invited speaker, "Postcards from the Future: Envisioning Utopia and Dystopia in California," Utopian Dreaming, UC Santa Cruz – November 2015 

Papers and Panels
Invited panelist, Science Fiction Los Angeles: Words and World Building in the City of Angels, USC – October 2016
"“The Transit Network Society: Urbanism, Mobility, and the Bay Area in the Silicon Age” – Society for Utopian Studies, UC Berkeley, November 2018
"Possible Futures of Embodied Biotech," with Dr. Elizabeth Wissinger, Theorizing the Web, New York, NY – April 2018
"No Place Like Home: Challenges of Multilingual Digital Humanities," HASTAC 2017, Orlando, FL – November 2017
Participant, Anthropocene Campus Philadelphia, Drexel University and Haus der Kultern der Welt – October 2017
"The Visual Anthropocene: Dystopian and Documentary Visions of Climate Crisis" Utopia After the Human, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – April 2017
"From the Dust of this World: The Dystopian Imaginary and the Anthropocene" ISA Forum of Sociology, WG03: Visual Sociology, Vienna, Austria – July 2016
"The Battle of the Buses: Private Tech Buses, the City and the Valley," AAG, Urban and Regional Planning, San Francisco – March 2016
"The Transit Network Society," Democratizing the Green City, NYU – January 2016
"Public/Transit," Gentrification Panel, Poetics + Politics, UC Santa Cruz – May 2015
"Social Explorer for Mapping" Digital Pedagogies, UC Santa Cruz – May 2015
"Postcards from the Future: Utopian and Dystopian Visions of SF and LA," Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites, The City University of New York – November 2014 

Guest Lectures
"Tech, Transport, and Inequality in Silicon Valley," Environmental Inequality, Dr. Hillary Angelo – March 2016
"The Silicon Valley Ideology," The Making of California, Dr. Tracy Perkins – May 2015
"Global Street Art and the Politics of Visibility," Urban Sociology, Dr. Miriam Greenberg – April 2015
"Gentrification, Displacement, and Transportation in the SF Bay," Eco-Metropolis, Dr. Miriam Greenberg – March 2015 

"Postcards From the Future," Boom: A Journal of California 3, no. 4 (2013): 25
"Mapping Our Disconnect," Boom: A Journal of California 4, no. 2 (2014): 62
"Waiting for the Facebook Bus," The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize, Feb., 2015
"Googleplex," Critical Sustainabilities May 2015
"California is the Future," Slate, March 2014

American Association of Geographers (AAG), 2015–
Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), 2016–
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), 2016–
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), 2015–
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), 2017–
Visual Sociology Working Group, International Sociological Association (ISA), 2014–