Who is the author?

Barbara Miller, professor of cultural anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University, is founder and lead author and editor.

Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller

Her current research is devoted to leading several systematic studies of  global gender policy and its effects in local contexts especially as related to peace, security, and development. For over thirty years, her research has focused on  gender,  health, and survival inequality  in India. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.

Professor Miller received B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from Syracuse University. She joined the Elliott School of International Affairs in 1993 as a specialist in the anthropology of international development. Before that, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University and the University of Pittsburgh.

As of July 2012, she is the director of the Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies and two of its affiliated research and policy programs: the Global Gender Program and the  Culture in Global Affairs research  program.

Professor Miller teaches  courses in cultural anthropology,  medical anthropology, and culture, risk and disaster.

Her books include:

  1. The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1997)
  2. An edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
  3. A co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press, 1998)

As well as three undergraduate textbooks:

Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing WorldAnthropology

  1. Cultural Anthropology (Pearson, 7th ed., 2012)
  2. Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World (Pearson, 3nd ed., 2011)
  3. Anthropology (Allyn & Bacon, 2009)


Staff Contributor: Hannah Bryant

Hannah-Website PictureHannah joined the Global Gender Program as the Program Assistant in August 2013. She received a BA in International Relations and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from American University. During her time as an undergraduate, Hannah focused on issues of gender-based violence, holding internships where she worked toward economic security and legal advocacy for survivors. In addition to her work at the Global Gender Program, Hannah is pursuing a MPH, focusing in Community Oriented Primary Care.


Student Contributor: Asthaa Chaturvedi

asthaa_headshotAsthaa is a senior concentrating International Development and a member of the George Washington University’s Honors Program. She joined the IGIS-GGP team this January and is enjoying blogging for Global Gender Current and Anthropology Works. She hopes to pursue journalism after graduating. She has interned for New York Public Radio, CNBC, and Nightly Business Report. Her reserach interests include women’s community engagement, education, and media. Asthaa is a member of the International Affairs Society and volunteers to organize the high school Model UN conference run on campus. When she’s not working or studying, you might find her in the dance studio on campus or listening to public radio.


Student Contributor: Hannah Stambaugh

hannahHannah joined the Global Gender Program as an intern in September 2013. She is pursuing a BA in International Relations with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Cross-Cultural Communications. Her interests include poverty alleviation, gender equality, LGBT rights and sexual assault prevention in a development context. Hannah is the main author of the Global Gender Current’s Org Spotlight.



Past Contributors

Staff Contributor: Ariana Rabindranath (2011-2013), Associate Director


Staff Contributor: Milad Pournik (2012-2013), Research Associate

Staff Contributor: Pierre Pratley (2012-2013), Pre-Doctoral Fellow


Staff Contributor: Cait O’Donnell (2011-2013), Program Assistant

Student Contributor: Delaney Allan (2012-2013), BA, Elliott School, 2013

Student Contributor: Emily Isaac (2012-2013)