Michael Miller

Michael Miller
Associate Professor of Political Science
Monroe 415
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Areas of Expertise

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

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.

Current Research

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.


PhD, Princeton University, 2011
MSc, London School of Economics, 2006


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

Recent publications:

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

“The Strategic Origins of Electoral Authoritarianism.” Forthcoming. British Journal of Political Science.

“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.

“Elections, Information, and Policy Responsiveness in Autocratic Regimes.” 2015. Comparative Political Studies 48(6): 691-727. 

“Electoral Authoritarianism and Human Development.” 2015. Comparative Political Studies 48(12): 1526-62.

“Democratic Pieces: Autocratic Elections and Democratic Development since 1815.” 2015. British Journal of Political Science 45(3): 501-30.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 3:45PM - 5:00PM

Classes Taught

PSC 2334: Global Perspectives on Democracy

PSC 8130: Game Theory I

PSC 8185: Causal Inference