Pharren Miller

Pharren Miller

Graduate Student


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  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2023
  • B.A., Political Science and Afro-American Studies, Howard University, 2021

Fields of Study

Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Ethnography, Education, Black Girlhood Studies, Black Feminisms, Carcerality, Abolition


Pharren Miller (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology department whose research interests include: Black feminist theory, Black girlhood studies, education, carceral studies, ethnography, and comparative history. Pharren currently uses qualitative research methods to examine the ways antiBlackness impacts Black girlhood in schools and the impact that safe spaces have on this process.

Awards & Grants

  • 2023-2024 UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship
  • 2023 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship
  • 2022-2023 Mariame Kaba Black Feminism Initiative Graduate Fellowship
  • 2022 Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2022  UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship
  • 2021-Present UC-HBCU Fellowship
  • 2021-2025 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship
  • 2021-2022 Susan Kellogg Endowed Student Award in the Sociology of Gender
  • 2021 UCLA Competitive Edge

Conference Presentations

  • “Black Girl Abolition: Safe Spaces and Acts of Refusal as Resisting Carcerality” Association of Black Sociologists Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. August 2023
  • “We Got the Right to be Mad: Controlling Images, AntiBlackness, Carcerality, and Black Girlhood in Schools”  2023 SSSP Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. August 2023
  • “We Won’t Stop Until It’s Done”: A Study of the LA Police-Free Schools Campaign.”  Abolitions Conference at UCDC, Washington, D.C. May 2023
  •  “Reclaiming OUR Time: Centering Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales in the Black Feminist Tradition of Safe Spaces.” Thinking Gender 2023: Transforming Research: Feminist Methods for Times of Crisis and Possibility, Los Angeles, California. February 2023.
  • “Are The (Black) Girls Alright? The Policing of Black Girls in Schools and The Ways We Resist.” Association of Black Sociologists Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. October 2022
  • “Crown Under Siege: The Policing of Black Girls’ Hair in
    School.” Tuskegee University History Research Symposium, Tuskegee, AL. February


  • Vilma Ortiz and Jasmine Hill