Noriko Milman received her B.A. in Women's Studies
and Sociology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, all from UCLA.
She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst before joining the faculty at USF in 2012.
She currently teaches several courses, including Introduction to
Sociology, Research Methods, Sociology of Education, and Urban
Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Noriko was a first-grade
teacher in an urban school. She was named Educator of the Year at
her school site, served as a district-wide support provider for
beginning teachers, and was awarded the California Teachers
Association Scholarship for Members.
Inspired by her experiences as
a school teacher, her research interests include the sociology of
education, race & ethnicity, social psychology, and social
control. Specifically, she explores how classroom practices
discipline the bodies and behaviors of students in urban elementary
schools. Based on three years of ethnographic research, her book
manuscript reveals how student attentiveness is a social process,
largely determined by teachers who decide which-and
whose-inattention to punish. She is also currently writing about
the nuances of classroom management, focusing on a key mechanism of
social control at school sites: the ways in which students form,
move, and wait in school lines. Her next research project examines
how school personnel inform the diagnosis of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among students. Her most recent work
has been published in Sociological Studies of Children and
Youth and Social Justice.