Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-YoungMireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won two awards for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014).

Dr. Miller-Young won the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association for the best book of the year on American studies. She also was awarded the Whaley Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. This award goes to the best book on women and labor.

BrownSugarDr. Miller-Young stated that “to win top awards from both the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association is massively significant to me because it shows that research on porn, sex work, and Black women’s sexualities is no longer considered marginal in the academy. More importantly, these book awards in a way validate the lives and stories of the women in the sex industry that I write about. They are no longer invisible and unheard.”

Dr. Miller-Young is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American history and the history of the African diaspora from New York University.

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