Michael G. Miller

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Barnard College, Columbia University

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Selected Recent Publications:

Doherty, David, Conor Dowling, and Michael G. Miller. 2019. “Do Party Chairs Think Women and Minority Candidates Can Win? Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment.” The Journal of Politics. Forthcoming.   Winner of Best Paper Award, APSA Experiments Section, 2017.

Miller, Michael G., and Michelle D. Tuma. 2019. "Stare Decisis and the Electoral Connection: Do Retention Systems Affect Judges' Deference to Precedent?" State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Forthcoming.

Hamel, Brian, and Michael G. Miller. 2018. "How Voters Punish and Donors Protect Legislators Embroiled in Scandal." Political Research Quarterly. Forthcoming.

Dowling, Conor, Michael Henderson, and Michael G. Miller. 2019. Knowledge Persists, Opinions Drift: Learning and Opinion Change in a Three-Wave Panel Experiment.  American Politics Research. Forthcoming.

Miller, Michael G. 2016. "The Power of an Hour: Effects of Candidate Time Expenditure in State Legislative Elections." Legislative Studies Quarterly 41(2). 327-359.

David Doherty, Conor Dowling, and Michael G. Miller. 2016. When is Changing Policy Positions Costly for Politicians? Experimental Evidence. Political Behavior 38(2): 455-484.

Dowling, Conor, and Michael G. Miller. 2016. Experimental Evidence on the Relationship Between Candidate Funding Sources and Voter Evaluations. Journal of Experimental Political Science 3(2):152-163.

Miller, Michael G., Michelle Tuma, and Logan Woods. 2015. Revisiting Roll-Off in Alerted Optical Scan Precincts: Evidence From Illinois General ElectionsElection Law Journal. 14(4): 382-391,

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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.


I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. I hold a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University (2010), an M.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato (2005), and a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2001). 

I teach courses in American politics and quantitative research methods. My broad research interests lie in American elections and political behavior, with a particular focus on (especially) elite and mass behavior, campaign finance, as well as election sciences, reform, and administration. 

I am the author or coauthor of two books and a number of articles. Some of my recent (or forthcoming) articles appear in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Publius, The Journal of Experimental Political Science, Politics and Gender, Research and Politics, and Election Law Journal. 

My work has been covered in a range of media outlets, including MSNBC, CSPAN, The Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, Vox, and 538 Politics. My work on campaign finance specifically has been utilized as empirical evidence in arguments before the United States Supreme Court, as well as in committee testimony before the United States Senate and a number of state legislatures and municipalities. You can view ungated versions of most of my work via the "research" link to the left.

My spare time is largely devoted to driving my children to activities, road running less than I'd like, living a secret life as a musicianand dealing with the constant heartbreak supplied by my beloved Minnesota Vikings. 


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