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Faculty and Staff Profile

Bryan Lee Miller

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Office: 109 Edwards Hall

Phone: (864) 656-3818


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Criminology, Law and Society
University of Florida 2010

M.S. Sociology
Virginia Tech 2005

B.S. Sociology
Virginia Tech 2004

Courses Taught

Drugs and Crime
Crime and Justice International Virtual Exchange (IVE)


Dr. Bryan Lee Miller is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (ADR) for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to Clemson, he served as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and as a Research Affiliate for the Rural Health Research Institute (RHRI) at Georgia Southern University. His work has evaluated drug abuse, probation practices, offender reentry, deviant peers, and drug treatment. He has worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Current projects include examining synthetic opioid trafficking networks, evaluating efforts to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail, evaluating treatment courts, designing law enforcement led initiatives to respond to individuals with mental illnesses, and supporting justice led programs to implement evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse and divert individuals into treatment. He has authored over 70 articles and chapters as well as the books Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution (2014, Springer) and Marijuana in America (2022, ABC-CLIO). He is the Founding Director of the Clemson University Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research (CJSR), served as the 49th President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, past Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Research Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar at Tampere University, Finland, a recipient of the 2019 Clemson University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, a recipient of the 2022 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, and recipient of the 2022 College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research - Senior Scholar.

Research Interests

Drugs and Society
Corrections and Punishment
Criminological Theory
Peer Delinquency
Mental Health and Drug Use
Drug Treatment
Rural Criminology
Evaluation Research
Mixed Methodology



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