sj Miller, Ph.D.


Dr. sj Miller, a trans* + disciplinary award-winning teacher, writer, activist, and scholar, is a professor in the Teacher Academy. sj is a literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university level teaching. sj taught Secondary English Language Arts in both middle and high school in Santa Fe Public schools, before completing a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Socio-cultural Studies at the University of New Mexico in 2005. sj has a New Mexico Level 3-A Instructional Leader K-8 Elementary License, and Level 3-A Instructional Leader Pre-K-12 Specialty Area License with endorsements in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Mathematics. Over the past 15 years, sj has worked in different contexts with both undergraduate and graduate students and served in different capacities in University-based Teacher Education Programs: as Director, Policy and Grant Writer, Community Organizer, and as a Professional Development Educator. sj is also the women’s head soccer coach at Santa Fe High School.

sj has written over thirty book chapters, over fifty articles, 8 books, including Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework,, which was translated into Spanish by UNESCO and awarded the 2017 AERA Exemplary Research Award for Outstanding Book and the 2018 Outstanding Book by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English. Currently, sj is Academic Studies Member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advisory Board for the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE); Advisor for GLSEN’s Educator Advisory Committee; consultant for the College Board providing best practices to secondary Advanced Placement English teachers, and AP Literature Table Leader; editor of the inaugural series, Spaces In-between: Beyond Binary Gender Identities and Sexualities (Teachers College Press) and co-editor of the series Social Justice Across Contexts in Education (Peter Lang). sj is column editor of “Beyond Binary Gender Identities” for the English Journal; advisory board member for Routledge’s Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education, Palgrave MacMillan’s Queer Studies in EducationJournal of Literacy ResearchJournal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyTeacher Education and Black CommunitiesJournal of LGBT Youth, and Taboo.

sj is a contributor to CBS News, BBC, and PBS and appeared in the feature documentary, Gender: The Space Between on CBS.  sj gives keynotes across the world and consults on professional development for teaching, affirming, and recognizing trans*+ and gender creative/expansive students. This past April 2019, sj received the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. sj’s latest book about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities  was just released; and the co-written book Navigating trans*+ and complex gender identities is forthcoming. sj recently presented at the TEDMED Conference on Gender Identity Justice. Please see additional information at