Mireille Miller-Young

Associate Professor

Office Location

4712 South Hall


Black Cultural Studies, Pornography and Sex Work


PhD. New York University (American History and History of the African Diaspora
M.A. New York University (American History and History of the African Diaspora)
B.A. Emory University (History)


Areas of Study:

  • Pornography
  • 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
  • Ethnography
  • Oral History
  • US Labor and Cultural History


Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.  She researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in US history, popular and film cultures, and the sex industries.  Her 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 was a co-convener of the Black Sexual Economies Project, a multi-year think tank at Washington University School of Law’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital, and is a founder and co-convener of the New Sexualities Research Initiative at UC Santa Barbara.  Dr. Miller-Young has published in numerous anthologies, academic journals, and news outlets including Porn Archives, Queer Sex Work, New Views on Pornography, Sexualities, Meridians, The New York Times, Colorlines, Ms., The Washington Post, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, and $pread, a sex worker magazine.  Miller-Young has been interviewed for numerous books, articles, radio programs, and documentaries, including NPR, Marketplace, Netflix’s Explained, Sex Out Loud, Fucking While Feminist, XBIZ, La Repubblica, HuffPost Live, For Harriet, and Ms.. With Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Tristan Taormino, she is an editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology and has been translated into German (2014) and Spanish (2016). She is also lead editor of Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital, which is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press in 2019.


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

  • Book Prizes Received:
    • 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.
    • 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.

View publications here: https://mireillemilleryoung.academia.edu


60: Women of Color (Lecture)

150: Sex, Love, & Romance (Lecture)

151: Sexual Cultures Special Topics (Senior Seminars in: Sex Work; Pornography; History of Sexuality; Race and Sexuality)

182: Feminist Research and Practice (Major Capstone)

220: Sexualities (Graduate Seminars in: Global Sex Work; Pornography; Queer of Color Critique)