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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.
  • At Vassar since 2018


Departments and Programs


  • SOCI 151. Introductory Sociology
  • SOCI 285. Reality and Impact: Systemic Racism