Reuben Jonathan Miller

Chicago, IL

Reuben Jonathan Miller is a sociologist, criminologist, and social worker who teaches University of Chicago in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He studies and writes about race, democracy, and the social life of the city. He has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey, a fellow at the New America Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and a visiting scholar at both the University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth College. Informed by his experience as the son and brother of incarcerated men, Miller’s first book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, shows how mass incarceration and what he calls its “afterlife” has changed to social world. Based on 15 years of research and practice, Halfway Home follows the lives of the people we’ve released from American jails and prisons as they stitch their lives back together. A native of Chicago, he lives with his wife and children on the city’s South side.