Brennan Miller

Brennan Miller

Department of Sociology
Graduate Student
Contact Information


Teaching and Research Interests 

  • Race and racism
  • Social Psychology
  • Neurosociology 
  • Emotions
  • Quantitative Methods



Miller, Brennan J. (PI) and Carla Goar (PI). 2020. "How is Status Information Interpreted?" National Science Foundation’s Dissertation Improvement Award. ($16,000).   


Miller, Brennan J. 2019. Graduate Student Senate Research Award. ($2,000). Kent State University, Kent, OH.    



Miller, Brennan J. and Will Kalkhoff. Forthcoming. “Negotiating a Non-Verified Identity: Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Responses” in Advances in Group Processes. Vol. 37.


Miller, Brennan J., Carla Goar, and Jennifer C. Mueller. Forthcoming. “White Social Psychological Thought: The White Epistemic Maneuvers of a Subfield” in The Racial Structure of Sociological Thought edited by Jennifer C. Mueller and Victor Ray.


Kalkhoff, Will, David Melamed, Josh Pollock, Brennan Miller, Jon Overton, and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2020. "Cracking the Black Box: Capturing the Role of Expectation States in Status Processes." Social Psychology Quarterly 83(1):26-48.


Miller, Brennan J., Will Kalkhoff, Joshua Pollock, and Matthew A. Pfeiffer. 2019. "Persistent Identity Threats: Emotional and Neurological Responses." Social Psychology Quarterly 82(1): 98-111. *Best Student Article Award winner for the Section on Evolution, Biology and Society.


Fisk, Susan R., Brennan J. Miller, and Jon Overton. 2017. “Why Social Status Matters for Understanding the Interrelationships Between Testosterone, Economic Risk‐Taking, and Gender.” Sociology Compass, 11(3): e12452.


Kalkhoff, Will, Richard T. Serpe, Joshua Pollock, Brennan J. Miller and Matthew Pfeiffer. 2016. “Self-Motives and the Neural Processing of Identity-Relevant Feedback: An Electroencephalographic Study.” Advances in Identity Theory and Research, vol. 2., edited by Jan E. Stets and Richard T. Serpe.



2020-2021 Kent State University Fellowship


2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Kent State University.    



M.A. in Sociology, Kent State University 


B.A., California State University, Fresno, Sociology


Cultural Awareness Committee Board Member Majaree Mason Center, Consultant Team Member for Community Benefit Organization Highway City Community Development