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Susan Miller

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 326
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Department of Political Science
Susan Miller


Miller received her PhD from the University of Missouri in 2010.  She joined the USC faculty in 2013.  In the MPA program, she teaches courses on public policy and administrative organizations.

Miller’s research examines the consequences of institutional design for public policy formulation and implementation.  Her work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.  To support her research, Miller has received funding from the IBM Center for the Business of Government (with Lael Keiser) and the Center on the American Governor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. 


Public administration; American political institutions; bureaucratic politics

Selected Publications 

Miller, Susan M. “Public Support for Sale: Government Spending and Public Approval of Federal Agency Performance.” accepted for publication at American Politics Research.

Miller, Susan M. 2015. “The Relationship Between Short-term Political Appointments and Bureaucratic Performance: The Case of Recess Appointments in the U.S.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25(3): 777-796.

Miller, Susan M. and Stephanie Moulton. 2014. “Publicness in Policy Environments: A Multi-Level Analysis of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 24(3): 553-589.

Miller, Susan M. 2013. “Administering Representation: The Role of Elected Administrators in Translating Citizens’ Preferences into Public Policy.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23(4): 865-897.

Nicholson-Crotty, Jill and Susan M. Miller. 2012. “Bureaucratic Effectiveness and Influence in the Legislature.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 22: 347-371.

Keiser, Lael R. and Susan M. Miller. 2010. “The Impact of Organized Interests on Eligibility Determination: The Case of Veterans’ Disability Compensation.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20: 505-531.