A UC Santa Barbara feminist studies professor pleaded no contest Thursday to all three criminal misdemeanor charges filed against her stemming from an altercation on campus in March in which she accosted a young pro-life activist and stole and destroyed her sign.
Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young will be sentenced next month for the charges of grand theft person, battery and vandalism, the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
On March 4, Miller-Young – whose academic focus is on black cultural studies, pornography and sex work – came across a group of prolife students with graphic anti-abortion signs and essentially became frenzied by the exhibit, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before she and two other students stormed off with one of the displays.
The scholar then engaged in an altercation with a teenage prolife protestor who had followed the educator to retrieve it. Much of the scuffle was caught on camera, and it left visible scratches on the young girl’s arms…
According to the write-up on her page at UC Santa Barbara:
Areas of Study: Pornography; Sex Work; Black Film, Popular Culture and Art; Feminist & Queer Theory; African American & African Diaspora Studies; Visual Archives; New Media; Ethnography; Oral History
PhD. New York University (American History and History of the African Diaspora)
M.A. New York University (American History and History of the African Diaspora)
B.A. Emory University (History)
Dissertation: “A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography.”
Biography: …Earning her Ph.D. in History from New York University, Dr. Miller-Young has won several highly regarded grants and awards, including the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is Co-Convener of the Black Sexual Economies Working Group, sponsored by the Center for Work and Social Capital at Washington University School of Law, and Co-Founder and Co-Convener of New Sexualities, a research initiative sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara.
Dr. Miller-Young has published research in Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism and Sexualities, and in book collections such as Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture, Blackness and Sexualities, and C’Lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader. She is an editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013), with Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Tristan Taormino.
In addition, she has written essays for The New York Times, Feminist Theory, Colorlines, Re-Public.com, Cut-Up.com,and $pread, a sex worker magazine. Miller-Young is also working on a documentary film on black women in the porn industry, and a visual archive project called The Black Erotic Archive. Miller-Young has been interviewed for numerous books, articles, radio programs, and documentaries, including NPR’s “News and Notes” with Farai Chideya.