Lisa R. Miller
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Miller studies gender, sexualities, aging, families, and health. Her most recent research examines how dating and sex vary and unfold across of the life course. Some of her past research examines Americans’ attitudes toward lesbian and gay couples. With her collaborator, Eric Anthony Grollman, she also examines the linkages between discrimination and health among the transgender population. She views undergraduate classrooms as an important place to educate people about social inequality and oppression. She also regularly seeks out media coverage for her research and tries to make research accessible to the public.
Uses the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS). Finds that transgender people who are more frequently “read” as transgender are more likely to face discrimination and, in turn, worse health.
Uses nationally representative experimental survey data. Finds that gay couples are perceived as less loving than heterosexual and lesbian couples, and that gay couples deemed less loving are, in turn, less likely to be granted the right to display affection in public or marry.
Uses nationally representative experimental survey data. Finds that Americans are equally willing to grant heterosexual and same-sex couples formal rights (i.e., partnership benefits), but they are less willing to grant lesbian and gay couples informal privileges (i.e., public displays of affection).