Noriko Milman

Noriko Milman

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5173 Kalmanovitz Hall 253


Noriko Milman received her BA in women's studies and sociology, and her MA and PhD 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 Education.

Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Noriko was a first-grade teacher in an urban school, where she was named Educator of the Year. Inspired by her experiences as a school teacher, her research interests include the sociology of education, race and ethnicity, social psychology, and social control. Specifically, she explores how classroom practices discipline the bodies and behaviors of students in urban elementary schools. Her work has been published in Social Justice, Sociological Studies of Children & Youth, and Contexts.

PhD, Sociology, UCLA
MA, Sociology, UCLA
BA, Women's Studies and Sociology, UCLA
2009-2012: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
1998-2001: First-grade teacher, Compton Unified School District
Sociology of education, race and ethnicity, social psychology, and social control
How school personnel inform the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among students
Selected Publications

DuCros, F., C. Chin, J. Lee, N. Yuen, M. Deo, and N. Milman. 2018. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on TV.” Contexts 17(4):12-17.

Milman, N. 2011. “Focused: How Students Construct Attentiveness in First Grade Classrooms.” Sociological Studies of Children and Youth 14:77-107.

Media Reports:
Chin, C., F. DuCros, M. Deo, J. Lee, N. Milman, and N. Yuen. 2017. Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. California:

Awards & Distinctions

2018 Mentor of the Year, University of San Francisco

2017-2019 Faculty Gratitude Award, USF Muscat Scholars Program

2015 Faculty Changemaker Award, USF Asian Pacific Islander Unity Graduation

2012 Outstanding Author Contribution, Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence

California Teachers Association Scholarship for Members

Educator of the Year