Dr. SJ Miller, a trans* + disciplinary award-winning teacher, writer, activist, and scholar, is a Professor in the Teacher Academy at the Santa Fe Community College and Adjunct Associate Faculty in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University. SJ is a literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university-level teaching. Over the past 18 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 taught Secondary English Language Arts in both middle and high schools 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.
SJ has written over thirty book chapters, over fifty articles, and 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. SJ is editor of the book 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 gives keynotes across the world and consults on professional development for teaching, affirming, and recognizing trans*+ and gender creative/expansive students and works with UNESCO on various projects as an expert on gender identity.
In April 2019, SJ received the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. SJ's latest books include about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities and the co-authored Navigating Trans*+ and Complex Gender Identities.
SJ recently presented at the TEDMED Conference on Gender Identity Justice.SJ has been a contributor to CBS News, BBC, and PBS and appeared in the feature documentary, Gender: The Space Between on CBS.