Michael G. Miller

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Barnard College, Columbia University

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Selected Recent Publications:

Kulesza, Christopher, Michael G. Miller, and Christopher Witko. 2017. State Responses to U.S. Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decisions. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 47(3): 467-490.

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 research methods. My broad research interests lie in American elections and political behavior, with a particular focus on elite behavior, the effects of policy changes in campaign finance and election administration, women as candidates, and the manner in which people evaluate politicians involved in political scandals. 

I am the author or coauthor of two books and a number of articles. Some of my recent articles appear in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Behavior, 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. 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 and a number of state legislatures. You can view ungated versions of most of my work via the "research" link to the left.

My spare time is largely devoted to road running, living a secret life as a musician, and dealing with the constant heartbreak supplied by my beloved Minnesota Vikings. 


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