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Cheryl Miller

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Agenda setting and policy formulation, welfare policy, bureaucratic politics, African-American political participation, political labeling and symbolic politics| CV

Cheryl Miller is Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Professor of Political Science. She has taught courses in the Political and Social Context of the Policy Process, Poverty and Social Welfare Policy, American Political Institutions, and Theories of Public Administration.

Prof. Miller has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree in City Planning (M.C.P) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Lincoln University (PA). Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Miller was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also taught in the Master of Public Administration Program.

Prof. Miller has a variety of experiences as a practitioner in policy-making settings. Before earning her doctorate, Dr. Miller held positions with local, state, and regional organizations focused on urban, housing, aging, and social welfare policy. While at UMBC she was a Senior Research Associate with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 1990-91. As a Congressional Fellow from 1994-95, Prof. Miller was a majority staff member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging {Senator William Cohen (R-ME)} and a legislative assistant to Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY). Prof. Miller has also consulted for organizations such as the Social Security Administration and the U. S. General Accounting Office, where she received a Special Commendation award in 1993 for developing and teaching a modular course on Public Policy Issues for senior level evaluators.

Prof. Miller's research and publications have been in several areas: state policy variations in welfare reform, due process issues in welfare devolution, bureaucratic accountability, legislative oversight, and the policy role of state black legislative caucuses. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript of racial disparities resulting from welfare devolution and state policy innovations in welfare implementation. Her work has appeared in Policy Studies Review, Congress and the Presidency, Public Administration Review, National Political Science Review, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Stanford Journal of Law and Policy, Maryland Law Review and numerous edited books. Prof. Miller is active in several national professional associations and has held offices in both the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

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