Pharren Miller

Pharren Miller

Graduate Student


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  • B.A., Political Science and Afro-American Studies, Howard University, 2021

Fields of Study

Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Ethnography, Education, Black Girlhood Studies, Black feminism,


Pharren D. Miller (she/her) is a 2nd-year 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

  • 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

  • Research Presentation. “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.
  • Research Presentation. “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
  • Research Presentation. “Crown Under Siege: The Policing of Black Girls’ Hair in
    School.” Tuskegee University History Research Symposium, Tuskegee, AL. February


  • Vilma Ortiz and Jasmine Hill