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JoAnn L. Miller, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Prostitution involves one gender’s taking advantage of its superior social status and manipulating the other gender…Because members of this less powerful group are compelled or forced, physically or psychologically to engage in a sexual act, prostitution is fundamentally coercive and exploitative.”

“Prostitution in Contemporary American Society,” Sexual Coercion, 1991

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Sociology, Purdue University, 1984-present
  • Secretary, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2004-2008
  • Editor, Contemporary Sociology, 2001-2005
  • Fellow, Law and Sociology, Harvard Law School, 1999-2000
  • Chair, Law and Society Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1996-1998
  • Associate Editor, Social Problems, 1994-1996
  • Former Editorial Board Member, Marriage & Family Review
  • Member, American Sociological Association
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1984
  • MA, College of William and Mary, 1980
  • BA, Keene State College, New Hampshire, 1980
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