Department of Political Science
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
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“The 2016 and 2020 Presidential Elections in Historical and Theoretical Perspective”, presented at the Wake Forest Virtual Conference on Social Choice Theory and Applications, February 5-6, 2021

“The 2016 Election Inversion (And the 2020 Near-inversion) in Historical and Theoretical Perspective”, prepared for presentation at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Public Choice Society,
Savannah, Georgia, March 12-13, 2021 [session cancelled due to pandemic]


I am Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UMBC. I was a regular member of the UMBC Political Science faculty from Fall 1971 to Summer 2011 and served as Chairman of the Political Science Department from 1985 to 1991.



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

I now have no regular teaching duties.  I previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of formal political theory, game theory and politics, parties and elections, political participation, research methods, and American politics.  You can also find webpages for courses I taught here


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 papers 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, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Theory and Decision, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Analysis, Homo Oeconomicus, Electoral Studies, Scandinavian Political Studies, and Representation, as well as in a number of edited books. I have written a monograph on Committees, 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 Voting (Edward 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), 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.

            Papers on the Electoral College 

            Papers on A Priori Voting Power

            Papers on Electoral Systems

            Papers on Spatial Voting Games

            Papers on Covering and the Uncovered Set

            Papers on Tournaments and Majority Voting

            Papers on Agendas and Voting Procedures

            Papers on Power, Pluralism, and Social Choice

            Papers on the Condorcet Jury Theorem and Information Pooling

Papers on Logrolling

            Papers on the Cuban Missile Crisis


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.

Professional Activities

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 “eJournal” Games and Political Behavior in the Political Science Network division of  SSRN (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).

Complete CV

Google Scholar Citations

Scottish MUD (Diana Miller's Blog from the University of Edinburgh)

Things You May Not Know About Nick Miller, by Nancy Miller (on occasion of my retirement event on May 13, 2011)

Information 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 thisAlec Miller on film.

Graham Peel, Alec Miller: Carver, Guildsman, Sculptor   Review in The Scotsman

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