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About Miriam W. Boeri

Miriam W. Boeri, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Kennesaw State
University. Her research focuses on ethnographic data collection and analysis of
subcultures considered deviant, including drug subcultures and hidden social movements. She holds membership in numerous academic associations, including the Society for Applied Anthropology, the American Sociological Association, and the Harm Reduction International. She has received a number of National Institutes on Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grants as a PI to study drugs users in their own environments and from their perspectives. She bases her exploration on the theory that an emic understanding of drug use is needed if we want to effectively address the problems caused by drug use. She serves on the Board of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. In addition, she developed the Social Recovery Initiative at the Dekalb County Drug Court, an innovative program designed to expand the social opportunities for drug court clients. Her recent publications focus on methamphetamine use in the suburbs, women and health, and older adult drug users.

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Drug Use and Policy, Social Justice Studies, Medical Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Life Course Theory, and Sociology of Religion

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Sociologist of the Year, Georgia Sociological Association
  • 2011 Betty L. Siegel Faculty Member of The Year Award, Kennesaw State University Alumni Association
  • 2010 Research Scholar "Diamond Star" Award, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University
  • 2008 Siegel Institute Phenomenal Woman Award in Character
  • 2007 CHSS Distinguished Scholarship Award, Finalist
  • 2002 "Peter K. New Award," The Society for Applied Anthropology
  • 2002 Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology Award, Georgia State University
  • 2000 Graduate Student Paper Award, Southern Gerontological Society
  • 2000 Gerontology Scholarship, Gerontology Center at Georgia State University
  • 1996 Academic Achievement Award, Kennesaw State University
  • 1996 Honor Scholarship, Golden Key
  • 1996 Honor Scholarship, Beck-Marietta Kiwanis
  • 1995 Honor Scholarship, American Association of University Women


  • SOCI 4499 Senior Seminar
  • SOCI 4490 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 4442 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOCI 4200 Alcohol, Drugs and Society
  • SOCI 3334 Religion and Society

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences (SO 22), Room 4066
Phone: 678-797-2069
Fax: 770-499-3423

Articles (23)

Books (2)