Dr. Holly V. Miller 

Associate Professor  


Holly Miller  



Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice  










Building 51, Room 2124





Holly Ventura Miller received her B.A. in criminology from the University of Maryland in 2000, a master’s in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina in 2002, and the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2006.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice.  Dr. Miller is the author of more than 30 peer reviewed journal articles and has obtained nearly $1,000,000 in external research funding since 2006.  Her research areas include immigration and crime, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse treatment, and program evaluation.  She has published in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Drug Issues, Prison Journal, and Journal of Criminal Justice and has participated in numerous research projects funded by federal and state agencies including the U.S. National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.  Dr. Miller was awarded the National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship in 2009 to study the effects of acculturation on crime and victimization among Hispanic adolescents.

Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and accolades for both her research and teaching, including the American Journal of Criminal Justice Outstanding Paper Award in 2011 for her research on acculturation and drug use among Hispanic adolescents, the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in 2013, the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award presented by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2010, and the American Society of Criminology Minority Fellowship in 2004.  She is also the current President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA), the leading professional organization for criminal justice researchers and practitioners in the South.



Selected Publications:

Holly Ventura Miller & Kristina M. Lopez. (Forthcoming). “Prevalence of Victimization and Exposure to Violence in a Sample of Hispanic Americans”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Holly Ventura Miller. (Forthcoming). “Juvenile Justice System Outcomes among Foreign-Born and Native-Born Latinos in the U.S.: An Exploratory Study”. Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice

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, 40(6), 671-689.

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, 83(1), 106-129.