Sociology — Urban Studies
Noriko  Milman

Noriko Milman

Assistant Professor

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 Education.


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.


Office hours will resume in Fall 2015