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Susan Miller

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


Professor Miller received her PhD from the University of Missouri in 2010. She joined the USC faculty in 2013. She teaches courses on public administration and public policy. 

Broadly, Professor Miller’s research examines the consequences of institutional and program design for policy implementation and outcomes. Her work has been published in a number of journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPolitical Research Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. To support her research, Professor 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; policy implementation; administrative politics

Selected Publications 

Miller, Susan M., Christopher Witko, and Neal D. Woods. 2018. “How the Unorganized Mass Public (Sometimes) Gets Represented in Regulatory Politics.” Political Research Quarterly, 71(1): 88-101.

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. 

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