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I'm Will.  I earned my Ph.D. from The University of Akron in Urban Studies and Public Affairs in August 2010.  I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

On the web:
The Filibuster--Southeast Missourian Blog
Immigration Forum
Kinder Passes on Governor Race
Emerson No Go to Senate--Southeast Missourian
Washington Examiner
Pachyderm Talk--Southeast Missourian
St. Petersburg Times

Fox Files in Macon, GA



Will Miller is assistant professor of political science at Southeast Missouri State University.  He received his doctorate in 2010 in public administration and urban studies from The University of Akron along with a master’s degree in applied politics (campaign management and polling).  He had previously earned his B.A. from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College and an M.A. in political science also from Ohio.  He focuses his studies on campaigns and elections, public opinion toward public policy (domestic and international), and the pedagogy of political science.  His research appears in Journal of Political Science Education, Journal of Political Marketing, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Journal of Common Market Studies.  Book chapters have been included in Stephen Craig and David Hill’s The Electoral Challenge (CQ Press) and John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning’s 21st Century Political Science (Sage).  He is currently working on four book projects: Stuck in the Middle to Lose: Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections (Lexington Books), State and Local Government and Politics: Where Government Takes Action (National Social Science Press), The Election’s Mine—I Draw the Line: The Political Battle over Redistricting at the State Level (Lexington Books), and Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Public Administration & Policy.  Media interviews have included the St. Petersburg Times, Fox 24 Macon, The Examiner, and Caracas’ El Nacional.  He has also presented over 40 conference presentations.

In the classroom, Dr. Miller teaches MPA courses on Public Policy Analysis, Grants & Fundraising, and Emergency & Disaster Management.  At the undergraduate level, he teaches American Government, Scope & Methods of Political Science, Parties, Voting, and Elections, and the American Presidency.  He has previously taught Politics & Media, Comparative Politics, State and Local Government, Campaign Battleground, Congress, Introduction to Public Administration, Issues in American Politics, Introduction to Political Theory, Parties & Interest Groups, Campaign Management, and Urban Politics at Notre Dame College and Ohio University.

Away from the classroom, Dr. Miller has served as a non-profit advocate throughout his life.  Miller largely grew up in the basement of the Sojourner House—an abused women’s shelter in Youngstown, OH—where his mother served as child advocate for seven years.  During the past five years, he has served as government liaison expert and policy analyst for the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers (a conglomerate of substance abuse treatment providers).  In his efforts with OARP, he ran donor and congressional relations along with writing promotional materials, factual white papers, and fundraising materials.  He remains a member of the Public Policy Committee for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.  Further, he helped evaluate for a Community Development Block Grant in Cleveland that examined best practices in HIV education effectiveness through the Institute for Health and Social Policy at The University of Akron and the College of Public Health at Kent State University.  Through this project, Dr. Miller helped to administer and evaluate grants in conjunction with the City of Cleveland Health Department.

He currently sits on the boards for Cape Area Habitat for Humanity (Director of Development), United Way of Southeast Missouri, and the Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

Dr. Miller has also served as a political consultant for eleven campaigns in the past five years.  In this role, Miller has assisted in fundraising, website development, voter targeting, polling (design and implementation), and overall management of the campaigns.  He has worked across both sides of the aisle and for varying levels of candidates.

Dr. Miller lives in Cape Girardeau, MO with his wife—Jill—and their four dogs and one cat.  Away from work, he greatly enjoys cheering for the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and his alma mater Ohio Bobcats.