Michael G. Miller

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Michael G. Miller joined Barnard’s faculty in 2014. He teaches courses on American elections and political behavior, research methods, public policy, and state politics. 

Professor Miller is the author or coauthor of two books and more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Miller's research has appeared (or will appear shortly) in outlets such as Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, The Journal of Experimental Political Science, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Research and Politics, Politics and Gender, and Election Law Journal. His work has been covered in a range of media outlets, including MSNBC, CSPAN, The Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, Vox, and 538 Politics. It has also been utilized as empirical evidence in arguments before the United States Supreme Court, as well as in committee testimony before the United States Senate. 

Miller's research is situated in four major areas: How people respond to changes in rules governing elections (particularly campaign finance), how gender drives political behavior, the effects of political scandal, and how voters process information. Among other topics, Miller's present projects include experimental evaluations of whether information can correct political misperceptions in an enduring fashion, and how scandal affects the flow of money throughout the political system. 

Academic Focus: 

Academic Focus

  • American Elections
  • Campaign Finance
  • Election Administration
  • Political Behavior
  • Gender and Politics
  • Scandal
  • State and Local Politics
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis


POLS W 1201 Introduction to American Politics. 

POLS BC: 3720 Women and Politics (Barnard Colloquium in development).

POLS V 3222 Political Science Research Methods.

POLS V 3250: Voting and Political Behavior.

POLS BC 3334: American Elections (Barnard Colloquium).

POLS BC 3337: Election Reform (Barnard Colloquium).

Professional Affiliations: 




Miller, Michael G. 2014. Subsidizing Democracy: How Public Funding Changes Elections, and How It Can Work in the Future. Cornell University Press.

Dowling, Conor, and Michael G. Miller. 2014. Super PAC! Money, Elections, and Voters After Citizens United. Routledge.

Journal Articles:

Miller, Michael G. 2016. “The Power of an Hour: Candidate Effort in State Legislative Elections.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 41(2). Forthcoming. 

Doherty, David, Conor Dowling, and Michael G. Miller. 2016. “When Is Changing Policy Positions Costly for Politicians? Experimental Evidence ” Political Behavior. Forthcoming. 

Dowling, Conor, and Michael G. Miller. 2016. “Experimental Evidence on the Relationship Between Interest Group Funding and Candidate Vote Share.” Journal of Experimental Political Science. Forthcoming.

Miller, Michael G., Michelle Tuma, and Logan Woods. 2016. “Revisiting Roll-Off in Alerted Optical Scan Precincts: Evidence From Illinois General Elections.” Election Law Journal 15: Forthcoming.

Miller, Michael G. 2015. “Going All-In: Gender and Campaign Commitment.” Research and Politics 2(3). 

Dowling, Conor, and Michael G. Miller. 2015. “Can Information Alter Perceptions About Women's Chances of Winning Office? Evidence from a Panel Study.” Politics and Gender 11(1): 55-88.

Masket, Seth, and Michael G. Miller. 2015. “Does Public Election Funding Create More Extreme Legislators? Evidence from Arizona and Maine.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 15(1): 24-40.

Doherty, David, Conor Dowling, and Michael G. Miller. 2014. “Does Time Heal All Wounds? Sex Scandals, Tax Evasion, and the Passage of Time.” PS: Political Science and Politics 47(2): 357-366.

Miller, Michael G. 2013. “Do Audible Alerts Reduce Undervotes? Evidence From Illinois.” Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy 12(2): 162-178.

Doherty, David, Conor Dowling, and Michael G. Miller. 2011. "Are Financial or Moral Scandals Worse? It Depends." PS: Political Science and Politics 44(4): 749-757.

Miller, Michael G. 2011. “After the GAO Report: What Do We Know About Public Election Funding?” Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy 10(3): 273-290.

Miller, Michael G. 2008. “Gaming Arizona: Public Money and Shifting Candidate Strategies.” PS: Political Science and Politics 41(3): July. 527-32. 1

Book Chapters:

Miller, Michael G. 2011. “Public Money, Candidate Time, and Electoral Outcomes in State Legislative Elections.” In Public Financing in American Elections. Costas Panagopoulos (ed.) Temple University Press.

Miller, Michael G., and Costas Panagopoulos. 2011. “Public Financing, Attitudes Toward Government and Politics, and Efficacy.” In Public Financing in American Elections. Costas Panagopoulos (ed.) Temple University Press.



Twitter: @millerpolsci

Office Hours: 

Spring 2017 Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 - 11:15 a.m.

LeFrak Center 235


Ph.D. Cornell University. Government.

M.A. Minnesota State University. Political Science.

B.A. Concordia College (MN). Political Science and Business.

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