Michael Miller

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Michael Miller

Professor of Political Science



Office Phone: (202) 994-7582
Monroe Hall 415

Professor Miller's research covers several topics in comparative politics, formal and quantitative methodology, and political economy. His focus is on democratization and the causes and consequences of autocratic elections.

Democratization; autocratic elections and parties; migration; formal theory; causal inference

Professor Miller's research focuses on three inter-connected areas: (1) autocratic politics, with an emphasis on elections, ruling parties, and policy-making, (2) democratization, with special attention to how coups, wars, and other events trigger democratization, as well as the role of international influences, and (3) democratic survival, with a focus on how political institutions and economic factors foster pro-democratic behavior and attitudes.

PSC 2334 - Global Perspectives on Democracy

PSC 2990/3500 - Game Theory

PSC 8130 - Game Theory I

PSC 8185 - Causal Inference

Professor Miller's work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Political Science, and elsewhere.

Recent publications:

Shock to the System: Coups, Elections, and War on the Road to Democratization. Forthcoming. Princeton University Press.

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It: Breakdown and Erosion in Modern Democracies.” Forthcoming. Journal of Politics.

“Don't Call It a Comeback: Autocratic Ruling Parties after Democratization.” Forthcoming. British Journal of Political Science.

“Restraining the Huddled Masses: Migration Policy and Autocratic Survival,” with Margaret E. Peters. 2020. British Journal of Political Science.

“The Strategic Origins of Electoral Authoritarianism.” 2020. British Journal of Political Science 50(1): 17-44.

“The Autocratic Ruling Parties Dataset: Origins, Durability, and Death.” 2020. Journal of Conflict Resolution 64(4): 756-82.

“Are Coups Really Contagious? An Extreme Bounds Analysis of Political Diffusion,” with Michael Joseph and Dorothy Ohl. 2018. Journal of Conflict Resolution 62(2): 410-41.

“Safeguarding Democracy: Powersharing and Democratic Survival,” with Benjamin A.T. Graham and Kaare W. Strøm. 2017. American Political Science Review 111(4): 686-704.

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011

MSc., London School of Economics, 2006