Mireille Miller-Young

Associate Professor

Office Location

4712 South Hall


Black Cultural Studies, History of Sexuality, Pornography and Sex Work

Associate Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies
Affiliate Professor in Film and Media Studies, Black Studies, History, and Comparative Literature


PhD, New York University
MA, New York University
BA, Emory University


Mireille Miller-Young, PhD, is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.  The former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in US history, popular and film cultures, and the sex industries.  Her groundbreaking book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014), was awarded the Sara A. Whaley Prize for Best Book on Women and Labor by the National Women’s Studies Association and the John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book by the American Studies Association. Dr. Miller-Young is co-convener of the New Sexualities Research Initiative as well as the Black Sexuality Studies Collective at UC Santa Barbara, and she is a former convener of the Black Sexual Economies Project at Washington University School of Law. Serving on the editorial boards of journals like Porn Studies and Signs, as well as book series like Screening Sex (Edinburgh University Press) and Feminist Media Studies (University of Illinois Press), Miller-Young has won prizes for her research and teaching, including UCSB’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Miller-Young has published in numerous anthologies, academic journals, and news outlets including Porn Archives, Queer Sex Work, Ethnopornography, Sexualities, Meridians, GLQ, Colorlines, Ms., The Washington Post, The New York Times, and $pread, a sex worker magazine. A sought-after speaker and expert for news, radio, podcasts, and documentaries, Miller-Young has been featured in NPR’s Marketplace, The Kitchen Table Podcast, HuffPost Live, For Harriet, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Netflix’s Explained, and the recent hit, Netflix’s History of Swear Words starring Nicolas Cage.

Dr. Miller-Young is an editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (2013), which has been translated into German and Spanish and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology, and she is an editor of the recently published volume Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital (2019). Formerly the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard University in 2019-2020, Dr. Miller-Young is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin where she is working on her next book, entitled Hoe Theory. Additionally, Dr. Miller-Young’s innovative research agenda includes current projects such as The Black Erotic Archive and The Sex Worker Oral History Project.


Sex Work and Sexual Economies
Feminist & Queer Theory
Women of Color feminisms and Queer of Color Critique
African American & African Diaspora Studies
Cultural Studies
Visual/Erotic Archives
Film Histories and Media Technologies
Oral History
US Labor and Cultural History



Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital, edited by Adrienne Davis and The Black Sexual Economies Collective, University of Illinois Press, The New Black Studies Series, 2019.


The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, edited by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Mireille Miller-Young, The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2013.


A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography, Duke University Press, 2014.

  • Winner of the Sara A. Whaley book prize on behalf of the National Women's Studies Association for groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship.
  • Winner of the John Hope Franklin Prize for the best-published book in American Studies on behalf of the American Studies Association. 150 books were considered for this prestigious prize.



FEMST 60 Women of Color

FEMST 150 Sex, Love & Romance

FEMST 151 Sexual Cultures, Special Topics

FEMST 220 Sexualities, Special Topics