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Holly V Miller

Professor | MSCJ Graduate Program Director

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


Holly Ventura Miller received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina and is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at UNF where she also serves as the MSCJ Graduate Program Director. Her research interests include the sociology of immigration, correctional policy, drug treatment in the criminal justice system, and program evaluation.  She currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Studies.  She is also Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Crime, a National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellow, Past President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and an Associate Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. 


  • Van Vleck Early Career Teaching Excellence Award (Mentor to Dr. Kristina M. Lopez), 2019, University of North Florida, College of Arts & Sciences

  • Outstanding Educator Award, Southern Criminal Justice Association, 2018

  • 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 Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit SAKI Initiative, Principal Investigator, 2019-2022, U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, $35,483

  • Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Florida: An Exploratory Pilot Study, Principal Investigator, 2016, University of North Florida, $7,500

  • 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

Select Recent Publications

  • Holly Ventura Miller & Anthony Peguero. (Eds.) (2018). The Routledge Handbook of Immigration & Crime. New York: Routledge.
  • J. Mitchell Miller, Holly Ventura Miller, & J.C. Barnes. (Forthcoming). “Treating Co-Occurring Disorders in Jails: Outcome Findings from a Second Chance Act Offender Reentry Program”. Crime and Delinquency.
  • Holly Ventura Miller & J. Mitchell Miller (2017). “Treating Dually Diagnosed Offenders in Rural Settings: Profile of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program”. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42(2):389-412.

  • Holly Ventura Miller, J. Mitchell Miller, & J.C. Barnes. (2016). “Reentry Programming for Opioid and Opiate Involved Female Offenders: Findings from a Mixed Methods Evaluation”. Journal of Criminal Justice, 46: 129-136.

  • J. Mitchell Miller & Holly Ventura Miller. (2015). “Rethinking Program Fidelity for Criminal Justice”. Criminology & Public Policy, 14(2): 339-349.
  • Holly Ventura Miller & Kristina M. Lopez. (2014). “Prevalence of Victimization and Exposure to Violence in a Sample of Hispanic Americans”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(9): 1593-1610.

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2124

(904) 620-3879

Office Hours

Fall 2019: M 10-12, T 2-5, and by appt