Barbara D. Miller

Barbara D. Miller

Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
1957 E St., 501
Phone: 202-994-7257
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Social change and development; medical anthropology; health and demography; gender. Regional focus: India.

Professor Miller is a cultural anthropologist with topical specialties in health, international development, gender, children, the household, cultural heritage, and policy; and regional expertise in South Asia. She is also director of two units within the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Culture in Global Affairs Research & Policy Program (CIGA), and the Global Gender Program.

For Dr. Miller's CV, click here.

Current Research

Professor Miller has done most of her research on gender and health issues in India. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting and taxation policy in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.

Ongoing Projects

  • Gender inequality and child sex ratios in India.
  • Health and illness patterns cross-culturally, especially as affected by rapid development and population movements.
  • The role of culture in international policy and programs.
  • Health effects of popular participation in cultural heritage programs.


Ph.D. 1978, Syracuse University
M.A. 1974, Syracuse University
B.A. 1971, Syracuse University



2016  Miller, B.D. Cultural Anthropology, 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

2016  Miller, B.D. Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

2008  Miller, B.D. Anthropology. [Four-field textbook], 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/McGraw Hill.

1998  Hiltebeitel, A., and B.D. Miller, eds. Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures. Albany: SUNY Press.

1997  Miller, B.D. The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India. 2nd ed. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

1993  Miller, B.D., ed. Sex and Gender Hierarchies. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Articles, Book Chapters, and Other Contributions

Dr. Miller is the section editor of topics on Contemporary Cultural Concerns for the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

She is the editor of two blogs: anthropology works and global gender current.

2007  Miller, B.D. "Anthropology." International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

2001  Miller, B.D. "Female-selective abortion in Asia: Patterns, policies and debates," American Anthropologist 103(4): 1083-1095. [Reprinted in Elizabeth Fischer, ed., Comparative Studies in Medical Anthropology, New York: Prentice Hall.]


Awarded the Harry Harding Teaching Award, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2008.

Classes Taught

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 1002: Sociocultural Anthropology
Anth 1002DL: Sociocultural Anthropology (online)
Anth 3504: Illness, Healing, and Culture
Anth 6301: Anthropology of Development
Anth 6302: Topics: Population, Health and Development in India
Anth 6302: Topics: Migration and Mental Health
Anth 6302: Topics: Culture, Risk and Security
Anth 6330: Internship in Development Anthropology
Anth 6505: Medical Anthropology
Anth 221: Key Variables in the Development Process


Last updated March 27, 2017