Ruth Thompson-Miller

Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology

Ruth Thompson-Miller is Visiting Associate Professor of sociology at Vassar College. Her research specializations are race and ethnicity, mental illness, and the elderly. She received the American Sociological Association (ASA)–National Institute of Mental Health–Minority Fellowship. She is the co-author of four books Jim Crow’s Legacy: The Lasting Impact of Segregation, Systemic Racism: Making Liberty, Justice, and Democracy Real, Not Your Grandmother’s Movement: Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter, and Please Don’t Shoot: Children, Police Violence, and Trauma. She is the co-author of chapters in Counseling Psychology, Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and Violence Against Women.

BA, University of Florida; MS, PhD, Texas A & M University
At Vassar since 2021


Blodgett Hall
Box 145

Departments and Programs


SOCI 285 Reality and Impact: Systemic Racism

In the Media

Bryan Corrigan (far right), Project Manager for Vassar’s Office of Facilities and Operations, addressed Exploring College students on the challenges the College faces renovating some of its older buildings to make them energy-efficient.

Climate change and sustainability were the themes of this year’s Exploring College program. Students took a mini-course on the social and economic impacts of climate change, learned about Vassar’s sustainability goals and projects and also got some tips on how to navigate the college application process.