Kara Miller



Assistant Professor




California State University, Long Beach


I am a medical anthropologist and Assistant Professor of anthropology at California State University, Long Beach. With specific interests in embodiment and body politics, my applied work aims to enliven social structures with ethics informed by complex human experiences and bodily ways of knowing. I explore health through lenses of empowerment and justice, particularly with regard to industrial development and ecological well-being, and I have conducted field work on reproductive governance and medicalization in the US and East Africa. My work is inherently interdisciplinary and influenced by health humanities scholarship as well as cognitive psychology and environmental philosophy. My newest projects aim to address toxicity and contamination, and the nuanced, embodied effects of technological interventions as well as to generate sustainable, sovereign solutions. I am interested in innovative, sensorial and multi-modal methods of data collection as well as ethnographic platforms and community engagement, and my ongoing work seeks to look at the ways in which the body is a vehicle for interacting with various lifeworlds, as well as a lived site of information.