about the writers

Barbara Miller, author & editor

Barbara Miller is professor of cultural anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University. She has done most of her research on gender and health issues in India. She has also studied rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household budgeting in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.


Professor Miller received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University. She joined the Elliott School of International Affairs in 1993 as a specialist in the anthropology of international development. Before that, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Her current research takes three directions: child survival and gender inequality in India, health and illness patterns cross-culturally as affected by rapid development and population movements, and the role of culture in international policy and programs.

She is the founding director of the Elliott School’s Culture in Global Affairs research and policy program. She is also the founding director of the Global Gender Program (2009-2016).

Professor Miller teaches undergraduate courses in cultural anthropology and medical anthropology and graduate seminars in medical anthropology; and the social life of food.

She served as the associate dean of academic affairs at the Elliott School from 1999 to 2002 and as associate dean for faculty affairs from 2009 – 2012. She directed the Institute of Global and International Studies from 2012-2016.

Her books include:


Sean Carey, contributor

Sean Carey obtained his Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sean Carey

He has lectured at the University of Northumbria and was a research associate at Royal Holloway College investigating “street life and ethnicity” – how members of different ethnic groups used (or did not use) a variety of public spaces – in a number of east and north London boroughs.

Sean Carey is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, and a Centre for London Associate. He writes for The Guardian, The Mauritius Times, The New African and African Business. He has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sara Brouda, Student Assistant

Sara Brouda is the student assistant to the Culture in Global Affairs Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a current undergraduate student at the George Washington University majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science.