Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology of culture. Mass communication. Urban sociology. Consumption and marketing.
Laura J. Miller is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She came to Brandeis in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Western Ontario and Vassar College. Professor Miller teaches courses in the sociology of culture, the mass media, and urban sociology
Her research is centered on understanding the interaction between cultural and economic processes. This interest has led to studies that examines information, media, and lifestyle industries, their contributions of such industries, to consumer culture, and the role of commercial institutions in community life. Her 2006 book, Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption, was on book marketing and retailing in the twentieth century, with a focus on the growth of large, corporate-owned chain bookstores. Her current project examines the relationship between the health/natural foods industry and natural foods as a social and cultural movement.
University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego, M.A.
University of California, Berkeley, M.S.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Awards and Honors
American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Culture Book Award (2007)
|SOC||3b||Social Theory and Contemporary Society|
|SOC||120b||Globalization and the Media|
|SOC||146a||Mass Communication Theory|
|SOC||148b||Sociology of Information|
|SOC||149b||Social Production of Food|
|SOC||150b||Culture of Consumption|
|SOC||152a||Urban Life and Culture|
|SOC||204a||Foundations of Sociological Theory|
|SOC||212a||Theories of Morality|
|SOC||221b||Sociology of Culture|
|SOC||250a||Master's Program Proseminar|
|SOC||300a||Approaches to Sociological Research|