April 05, 2004

Sociologist will give free public lecture on campus

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A sociologist who studies youth gangs, urban communities and the commercial sex industry will give a free, public lecture on "The Gendered Context of Young Women's Violence" at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, in the Mississippi Room of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Student Center.

Jody Miller, associate professor in the University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, is on campus to take part in a colloquium sponsored by the campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international honor society that promotes, facilitates and recognizes scholarship in sociology. She will be the featured speaker at the society's induction of new members Thursday evening, April 8.

Miller, who has degrees in journalism and women's studies as well as in sociology, came to UMSL in 1996. She is also a research fellow at the university's Center for International Studies and a faculty affiliate at both its Center for Trauma Recovery and its Institute for Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of "One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs and Gender," a study of female gang members in St. Louis and in Columbus, Ohio, published in September 2000 by Oxford University Press.