Reuben Jonathan Miller is the author of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, published by Little Brown. Selected by NPR as a 2021 Book We Love, and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, Matthew Desmond praised it as “persuasive and essential.”
Reuben is Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration. His work focuses on the lives of prisoners and former prisoners, and he writes about race and how carceral expansion has transformed the urban landscape.
He has received a number of awards to support his work, including fellowships from the Yale Urban Ethnography Project, the University of Michigan’s Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network at Rutgers University. The McCormick Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Antipode Foundation have funded his research. He provides commentary for national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio broadcasts, including The New Yorker, Wired, NPR, and the Huffington Post.