Kristin Morgan Miller

TitleGraduate Student
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
Phone831-459-3516 (msg)
Web Site
OfficeCollege Eight, Room 211
Campus Mail StopRachel Carson College
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Kristin Morgan Miller

Research Interests

Cultural Sociology
Visual Culture
Film & Digital Media
Urban Studies
Environmental Studies
Utopian Studies
Speculative Fiction and Sci-Fi Film
Anthropocene Aesthetics
Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
Digital Humanities

Biography, Education and Training

MA, UC Santa Cruz 2013 – Sociology

MA, New York University 2009 – Media, Culture, and Communication

Thesis: The Green Paradox: Conscious Consumerism and Environmentalism in Contemporary Discourse

Graduate studies in Visual Culture + Technology • Columbia University, 9/05 – 6/06

 AB, University of Chicago 2001 – English Literature

Studies in Contemporary Art History • Université de Paris X, Nanterre, 9/99 – 6/00


Honors, Awards and Grants

HASTAC Scholar, 2016–2018

Digital Humanities Summer Insititute Scholarship, University of Victoria, BC, 2017

Invited Davies Forum Speaker, USF, 2016

UCHRI Engaging Humanities Supplemental Graduate Student Support for No Place Like Home, 2016

Selection Committee for Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology, 2016

Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology, First Prize, 2014

Department of Sociology Travel and Research Award, 2013, 2014, 2016

University of California Regents Fellowship, 2011-12

Selected Publications

Postcards From the Future,” Boom: A Journal of California 3, no. 4 (2013): 25

Mapping Our Disconnect,” Boom: A Journal of California 4, no. 2 (2014): 62

Waiting for the Facebook Bus,” The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize, Feb., 2015

Googleplex,” Critical Sustainabilities May 2015

California is the Future,” Slate, March 2014


Selected Presentations

Invited Davies Forum speaker, Making Sense of the Anthropocene, USF, – October 2016

Invited panelist, Science Fiction Los Angeles: Words and World Building in the City of Angels, USC – October 2016

“The Visual Anthropocene: Dystopian and Documentary Visions of Climate Crisis” Utopia After the Human, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – April 2017

“From the Dust of this World: The Dystopian Imaginary and the Anthropocene” ISA Forum of Sociology, WG03: Visual Sociology, Vienna, Austria – July 2016

“The Battle of the Buses: Private Tech Buses, the City and the Valley,” AAG, Urban and Regional Planning, San Francisco – March 2016

“The Transit Network Society,” Democratizing the Green City, NYU – January 2016

Invited speaker, “Postcards from the Future: Envisioning Utopia and Dystopia in California,” Utopian Dreaming, UC Santa Cruz – November 2015

“Public/Transit,” Gentrification Panel, Poetics + Politics, UC Santa Cruz – May 2015

“Social Explorer for Mapping” Digital Pedagogies, UC Santa Cruz – May 2015

“Postcards from the Future: Utopian and Dystopian Visions of SF and LA,” Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites, The City University of New York – November 2014

Guest Lectures

“Tech, Transport, and Inequality in Silicon Valley,” Environmental Inequality, Dr. Hillary Angelo – March 2016

“The Silicon Valley Ideology,” The Making of California, Dr. Tracy Perkins – May 2015

“Global Street Art and the Politics of Visibility,” Urban Sociology, Dr. Miriam Greenberg – April 2015

“Gentrification, Displacement, and Transportation in the SF Bay,” Eco-Metropolis, Dr. Miriam Greenberg – March 2015