I graduated in government from Harvard in 1963 and did
my graduate work in political science at the University of
California at Berkeley, receiving
my Ph.D. in 1973.
Teaching and Courses
My principal research, some of which has been supported by the National
Science Foundation, lies in the area of formal political
theory and public choice; it deals with collective decision making
and, in particular, formal theories of voting processes. I have
written articles on tournaments and majority voting, social
choice, voting power, information pooling, voting agendas, spatial
voting models, electoral systems, and the U.S. Electoral College.
They have appeared in such journals as American Political Science Review, American
Journal of Political Science, Public Choice,
and Computer Modelling, Theory and
Decision, Journal of Theoretical
Analysis, Homo Oeconomicus, Electoral
Political Studies, and Representation,
as well as in a number of edited books. I have written a monograph
Agendas, and Voting (Harwood Academic Publishers,
1995) and am co-editor with Jac C. Heckelman of Wake Forest
University of the recently published Handbook of Social Choice and
Elgar, 2015); see the Table
of Contents and the Introduction
with chapter summaries. I am now engaged in the VoteDemocracy
project of the Voting
Power and Procedures Program in the Centre for
Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the
London School of
Economics, in which connection I am a Research
Associate of the Centre.
"In Memoriam: Dan S. Felsenthal"
(with Rudolf Fara), forthcoming in PS: Politics &
Political Science, April 2020
"Reflections on Arrow's Theorem
and Voting Rules", Public Choice (special issue in
honor of Kenneth Arrow), 179/1-2 (April 2019)
"Executive Veto Power and Constitutional Design", in Roger Congleton, Bernard Grofman, and Stefan Voigt, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, Volume 2. Oxford University Press, 2018.
the Electoral College
Papers on A Priori Voting
Papers on Electoral Systems
on Spatial Voting Games
Principal UMBC Service
I was Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee from 1980 to 1983,
Chair of the Political Science
Department from 1985 to 1991, Chair of the Undergraduate
Council from 1994 to 1997, and Chair of the University
Faculty Review Committee in 2003.
I was a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Politics
from 1976 through 1981. From December 1995 through January
2002, I served as the receiving editor for the Journal
of Theoretical Politics and I remain on the
journal's Editorial Board. I am also a member of the Editorial
Board of Public
Choice and from 2008-18 was editor of the
and Political Behavior in the Political Science
Network division of
(Social Science Research Network). I am a member of
the American Political Science
Association and of the Public Choice Society,
and I am a past President
(2008-2010) of the latter. From 1997 through 2001, I served
as UMBC's Official Representative to the Interuniversity
Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
concerning my grandfather, Alec Miller (click on
Decorative Carvings - Thomas Library to see second page,
then click on the photo on the top of the second page)
Also see this and this.
Miller on film (recently discovered).
Graham Peel, Alec Miller: Carver, Guildsman, Sculptor
in The Scotsman
Tour the entire California coast