Holly V Miller

Associate Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Immigration & Crime, Corrections, Drugs & Crime, Program Evaluation


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of South Carolina, 2006
  • M.C.J., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • B.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, 2000



  • UT-System Regents' Teaching Award, State-Wide Winner, 2013
  • UT-System Regents' Teaching Award, University of Texas at San Antonio, University-Level Selectee, 2013
  • Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2012-2013
  • American Journal of Criminal Justices Outstanding Article Award, Presented by the Southern Criminal Justice Association for "The Social Context of Acculturation: Findings from a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents" American Journal of Criminal Justice, 36(2), 93-105, 2011.
  • SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award, Presented by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2010
  • W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship, National Institute of Justice, 2008-2009


  • American Society of Criminology
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • An Evaluation of Advocacy-Based Mentoring as a Treatment Intervention for Chronic Delinquency, Co-Principal Investigator, 2012-2013, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, $283,987
  • Effect of Prison-Based Alcohol Treatment: A Multi-site Process and Outcome Evaluation, Co-Principal Investigator, 2011-2012, National Institute of Justice, $300,000
  • Crime and Victimization Among Hispanic Adolescents: A Multilevel Longitudinal Study of Acculturation and Segmented Assimilation, Principal Investigator, 2008-2009, National Institute of Justice, $74,934
  • Evaluation of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice In-Prison DWI Recovery Program, Co-principal Investigator, 2008-2009, State of Texas Legislative Budget Board, $78,216

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Holly Ventura Miller & J.C. Barnes. (2013). "Genetic Transmission Effects and Intergenerational Contact with the Criminal Justice System: A Consideration of Three Dopamine Polymorphisms." Criminal Justice and Behavior.
  • Holly Ventura Miller, Rob Tillyer, & J. Mitchell Miller. (2012). "Recognizing the Need for Prisoner Input in Correctional Research: Observations from an In-Prison DWI Reduction Program Evaluation" The Prison Journal, 92, 274-289.
  • Ryan C. Meldrum, Holly Ventura Miller, & Jamie Flexon. (2012). "Susceptibility to Peer Influence, Self-Control, and Delinquency." Sociological Inquiry.
  • J. Mitchell Miller, J.C. Barnes, Holly Ventura Miller, & Layla McKinnon. (2012). "Exploring the Link between Mentoring Program Structure and Success Rates: Results from a National Survey." American Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Holly Ventura Miller. (2012). "Correlates of Delinquency and Victimization in a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents." International Criminal Justice Review, 22(2) 153-170.
  • Lynch, Joseph P., J. Mitchell Miller, Holly Ventura Miller, T.L. Heindel, & Andrea Wood. (2012). "Embracing Evidence-Based Practices." American Jails. (September/October).
  • Holly Ventura Miller, J.C. Barnes, & Richard Hartley. (2011) "Reconsidering Hispanic Gang Membership and Acculturation in a Multivariate Framework" Crime and Delinquency, 5, 331-355.
  • Holly Ventura Miller & Chris L. Gibson. (2011). "Neighborhoods, Acculturation, Crime, and Victimization Among Hispanics: The Cross-Fertilization of the Sociologies of Immigration and Crime" Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 27, 4-17.
  • Holly Ventura Miller, J.C. Barnes, & Kevin M. Beaver. (2011) "Self-control and Health Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Sample" American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(1), 15-37.
  • Marie Skubak Tillyer, Rob Tillyer, Holly Ventura Miller, & Rebekah Pangrac. (2011). "Reexamining the Correlates of Adolescent Violent Victimization: The Importance of Exposure, Guardianship, and Target Characteristics" Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(14), 2908-2928.
  • Kristina M. Lopez & Holly Ventura Miller. (2011). "Ethnicity, Acculturation, and Offending: Findings from a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents" The Open Family Studies Journal, 4, 27-37.
  • J. Mitchell Miller & Holly Ventura Miller. (2011). "Considering the Effectiveness of Drug Treatment Behind Bars: Findings from the South Carolina RSAT Program" Justice Quarterly, 28(1), 70-86.
  • Holly Ventura Miller. (2011) "The Social Context of Acculturation: Findings from a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents" American Journal of Criminal Justice, 36(2), 93-105. (Received the Southern Criminal Justice Association Outstanding Article Award, 2011)
  • Holly Ventura Miller & J. Mitchell Miller. (2010) "Community In-Reach through Jail Reentry: Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Design" Justice Quarterly, 27(6), 893-910.
  • Richard Hartley, Holly Ventura Miller & Cassia Spohn. (2010). "Do You Get What You Pay For? Type of Counsel and its Effects on Criminal Court Outcomes" Journal of Criminal Justice, 38(5), 1063-1070. Featured in Miller-McCune, "Legal Affairs," Available online: http://www.miller-mccune.com/legal-affairs/public-defenders-as-effective-as-private-attorneys-21292/
  • John E. Shutt, Holly Ventura Miller, & J. Mitchell Miller. (2010). "Same Bang, Less Buck: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of South Carolina's Youth Courts" Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice & Psychology, 4(1), 17-24.
  • Holly Ventura Miller. (2010) "If Your Friends Jumped Off of a Bridge, Would You Do It Too?: Delinquent Peers and Susceptibility to Peer Influence" Justice Quarterly, 27(4), 473-491.
  • J.C. Barnes, Megan Kurleychek, Holly Ventura Miller, J. Mitchell Miller, & Robert Kaminski. (2010) " A Partial Assessment of South Carolina's Project Safe Neighborhoods Strategy: Evidence from a Sample of Supervised Offenders" Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 383-389.
  • Holly Ventura Miller, J. Mitchell Miller, Robert Tillyer, & Kristina Lopez. (2010) "Recovery and Punishment in Correctional Settings: Reconciling Conflicting Objectives" Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Vol 17. Amsterdam: Emerald/JAI Press.
  • J.C. Barnes, Holly Ventura Miller, & J. Mitchell miller. (2009) "Identifying Leading Characteristics Associated with Juvenile Drug Court Admission and Success: A Research Note" Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(3), 350-360.
  • Holly Ventura Miller, Wesley G. Jennings, Lorna Alvarez-Rivera, & Lonn Lanza-Kaduce. (2009) "Self-control, Attachment, and Deviance among Hispanic Adolescents" Journal of Criminal Justice, 37(1), 77-84.

Books & Edited Volumes

  • J. Mitchell Miller & Holly Ventura Miller (Forthcoming, 2014). Program Evaluation for Criminal and Juvenile Justice. New York: Routledge.
  • Holly Ventura Miller, Editor. (2008). Restorative Justice: From Theory to Practice. Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Vol. 11. Bingley, UK: Emerald/JAI Press.
  • Holly E. Ventura, Editor. (2007). Readings in Criminological Theory. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Book Chapters, Technical Reports, Encyclopedia Entries & Review Essays


  • Holly Ventura Miller & Yaffa Ross. (2013). "Code of the Street" In Heith Copes & Craig Forsyth (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Thousand Oaks, CA:SAGE.
  • Miller, J. Mitchell, Miller, Holly Ventura, Barnes, J.C., Clark, Pam A., Jones, Michael A., Quiros, R.J., Peterson, S.B. (2012). Referring Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings to Mentoring Programs: Effective Strategies and Practices to Improving the Mentoring Experience for At-Risk and High Risk Youth. A Resource Compendium. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • Holly Ventura Miller & J. Mitchell Miller. (2010). "School-Based Bullying Prevention" in Bonnie S. Fisher and Steven Lab (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime Prevention and Victimology. SAGE
  • Chris L. Gibson & Holly Ventura Miller. (2009). "Neighborhoods Influences on Crime" in J. Mitchell Miller (Ed.) 21st Century Criminology Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE

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