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Faculty and Staff Profile

Bryan Lee Miller

Professor and Director of CJSR
Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research

Office: 123B Brackett 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 a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research (CJSR), and Faculty Scholar at the Clemson University School of Health Research (CUSHR). 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 Criminal Justice and Criminology and 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 United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail, evaluate veteran and drug treatment courts, design law enforcement led initiatives to respond to individuals with mental illnesses, and support justice led programs to implement evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as the books Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution (2014, Springer) and Marijuana in America (2022, ABC-CLIO). He 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, is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice, member of the editorial boards for Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research and Journal of Veteran Studies, and a member of the Addiction Research Center (PRISMA health). 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. In his spare time, he enjoys doing crossfit, hiking, playing with his dog, and riding motorcycles.

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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