Dr. Shae Miller, Assistant Professor

Email: shae.miller@csulb.edu
Office: PSY-122
Phone: (562) 985–2092
Pronouns: they/them

Main Courses:

  • Soc 346: Race, Class, Gender
  • Soc 427: Social Order and Social Change
  • Soc 449: Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Soc 356: Classical Social Theory
  • Soc 325: Sociology of Gender
  • Soc 335: Social Psychology

Research Interests:

  • social movements; race, class, gender and sexuality; transgender and queer theory; identity theory; qualitative research methods


  • 2005 A.A Liberal Arts, Cabrillo Community College, Aptos, CA
  • 2007 B.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 2010 M.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2014 Ph.D. Sociology, Feminist Studies Emphasis, University of California Santa Barbara

Overview of Dr. Miller’s Research:

Dr. Shaeleya Miller’s research centers on understanding micro-level movement dynamics in relation to interlocking systems of power, and the ways social movement actors are both constrained and empowered to resist these systems. Their most recent project is an intersectional examination of the role that race, gender, and sexual identities play in the emergence and maintenance of a queer student activist community at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, Dr. Miller is analyzing the ways that allies understand their positions within social movements, and how allies’ strategies and self-concepts relate to the specific contexts in which they act.

Selected publications:

  • Miller, Shaeleya. Forthcoming. “Racial Exclusion and Queer Identity” in Identities in Everyday Life. Jan Stets and Richard Serpe, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller, Shaeleya. Forthcoming. “Sexuality, Bodies, Gender Identity, Sexual Fluidity, and Performative Gender” in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism. Holly McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, Jo Reger, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller, Shaeleya. Forthcoming. “Drag: Historically and Culturally, On and Off Stage” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Nancy Naples, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe, and Angela Wong, Eds. Indianapolis: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Leila Rupp, Verta Taylor and Shaeleya Miller. 2016. “Learning to be Queer: College Women’s Sexual Fluidity” pp. 195-206 in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Third Edition. Steven Seidman and Nancy Fischer, Eds. New York: Routledge.
  • Miller, Shaeleya, Verta Taylor and Leila Rupp. 2016. “Social Movements and the Construction of Queer Identity” pp. 443-469 in New Directions in Identity Theory and Research. Jan E. Stets and Richard T. Serpe, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Miller, Shaeleya and Verta Taylor. 2015. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Drag Culture” pp. 876-879 in the 2nd International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. James D Wright and Don Barrett, Eds. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Miller, Shae. 2013. “Transcending Boundaries and Transforming Knowledge: Transgender Leadership as a College Student, Mentor and Educator” pp. 15-27 in Authentic Leadership: An Engaged Discussion of LGBTQ Work as Culturally Relevant. Lemuel W. Watson and Joshua Moon Johnson, eds. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing, Inc.