Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award


2019 Recipient

sj Miller
Monte del Sol Charter School, Santa Fe Public Schools

sJ Miller is a passionate scholar, educator, leader, and activist working toward gender and sexuality self-determination and social justice. Through scholarship, education, and advocacy, Dr. Miller has worked to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth, in particular drawing much needed focus to the experiences of trans*+ youth (e.g., transgender, genderqueer, agender and gender non-binary youth). Dr. Miller’s work truly bridges theory and practice, such as developing a “queer literacy framework” grounded in queer, feminist, critical race, and pedagogical theories, and then tirelessly conducting outreach to educators on this framework through numerous inperson teacher and administrator trainings, media appearances, and recently through a TEDMed talk. In addition to Dr. Miller's many peer-reviewed articles reaching many different audiences, Dr. Miller is the sole or lead author/editor of seven books, including Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework (2016, Palgrave), which has recently been translated into Spanish.

Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/ or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.

Past Recipients  

2018 - Kristen A. Renn
2017 - Kathryn C. Scantlebury
2016 - James L. Moore III
2015 - Charol Shakeshaft
2013 - Geraldine J. Clifford
2012 - Cynthia B. Dillard
2011 - James Earl Davis
2010 - Valerie Polakow
2009 - Sandra Harding
2008 - Annette Henry
2007 - AĆ­da Hurtado