Sirkka MillerGraduate Student


Sirkka Miller is a Ph.D. student in the department of Civil Society and Community Research in the School of Human Ecology. Her research centers on grassroots community organizing, global struggles for climate justice and decolonization, and the commons. She uses participatory and community-based methods to engage with the contemporary interactions of two long-established processes: the severing of community ties to land by the forces of capitalism, and the intentional strengthening and rebuilding of those ties as a form of climate justice activism. Her current research project examines the internal politics of anti-pipeline coalitions.

Education and Relevant Experience

BA, History and Sociology, New York University

Sirkka graduated from New York University in 2017 with a B.A. in history and sociology, focusing her studies on grassroots social movements in the United States. Her undergraduate honors thesis in history, titled Intersectional Environmentalism: The Environmental Justice Challenge to the Mainstream Movement, traced the emergence of the environmental justice movement in the U.S., zeroing-in on the relationship between community empowerment and wider societal responsiveness to environmental and climate issues.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research



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