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Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Location: 120 Williams Hall

419-372-7329

millsrw@bgsu.edu

Web Site: http://www.russellwmills.com

Curriculum Vitae

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Biography

Dr. Russell W. Mills is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University.  He teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration Program (Public Administration Theory, Public Budgeting, and Public Policy) as well as courses in State and Local Politics and American Government.  Dr. Mills holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kent State University, a MPA from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. in political science from Westminster College.  Prior to joining the department of political science, Dr. Mills worked as a policy analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C.  

Dr. Mills' research examines the increasing use of voluntary self-disclosure programs to ensure compliance with regulations and the effect on public accountability, with a particular focus on the use of self-disclosure programs by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Dr. Mills' work on voluntary partnership programs was funded by a grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  Additionally, Dr. Mills' research investigates the use of governance networks in the areas regulatory oversight and disaster relief and the effect of increasing private and nonprofit sector responsibility for implementing public policy on public accountability.  His work on the structure of governance networks during the response to Hurricane Katrina was awarded the 2011 Marshall Dimock Award for the best lead article in Public Administration Review by the American Society for Public Administration.  Finally, Dr. Mills also examines the interaction between the executive and legislative branches in the area of public policy making, particularly in the area of the use of technical expertise by agencies to build reputations among stakeholders. 

Affiliations

  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Member, American Society for Public Administration
  • Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Member, European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance
  • Member, Public Management Research Association
  • Member, International Political Science Association Structure and Organization of Government Committee
  • Board Member, Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists
  • Member, Law and Society Association
  • Member, Structure and Organization of Government

Fields of Study

  • Public Administration
  • Public Sector Budgeting
  • Regulatory Governance
  • Governance Networks
  • Economic Development
  • Aviation Policy
  • Public Accountability
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Executive-Legislative Policymaking Tools

Education

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University, May 2011.
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) University of Vermont, May 2007
  • B.A. in Political Science, Westminster College, May 2005, Summa Cum Laude   

Selected Publications

  • “The Challenge of Accountability in Complex Regulatory Networks:  The Case of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”  Regulation and Governance.  DOI: 10.1111/rego.12062.  2014.  (with Christopher Koliba).
  • “Secondary Learning and the Unintended Benefits of Collaborative Mechanisms: The Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Disclosure Programs” Regulation and Governance. 2013.  DOI: 10.1111/rego.12046  (with Dorit Reiss)
  • “Congressional Modification of Benefit-Cost Analysis as a Vehicle for Particularized Benefits and a Limitation on Agency Discretion: The Case of the Federal Contract Tower Program”.  Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.  2013. 4(3): 301-333. 
  • “The Highway Coalition Revisited: Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework to Explore the Content of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Daily Transportation Update” Public Voices.  2013 13(1): 79-100.  (with Richard Watts and Robert Fish). 
  • “Accountability in Governance Networks: Lessons From Hurricane Katrina” Public Administration Review.  April 2011. (with Christopher Koliba and Asim Zia).
  • “Voluntary Regulatory Partnership Programs with Industry: Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration” IBM Center for the Business of Government.  2010.  
    http://www.businessofgovernment.org/report/promise-collaborative-voluntary-partnerships-lessons-federal-aviation-administration
  • “Opening the Policy Window for Ecological Economics: Katrina as a Focusing Event.”  Ecological Economics.  2007. (with Joshua Farley and Christopher Koliba).

Awards

  • American Public Administration Society Marshall Dimock Award 2012.  For best lead article in Public Administration Review in 2011 for “Accountability in Governance Networks: Lessons From Hurricane Katrina”
  • Best Paper Award from Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership: University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  “Accountability in Governance Networks: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina” (with Christopher Koliba).  2007-2008.  

Grants

  • Airport Cooperative Research Program Grant 03-29.  Principal Investigator.  $300,000 (BGSU $130,000) “Effects of Airline Industry Changes on Small- and Non-Hub Airports”. 
  • IBM Center for the Business of Government. “Voluntary Regulatory Partnership Programs with Industry: Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration”.   Research Stipend.  $20,000.  May 2010-August 2010.    
  • IBM Center for the Business of Government.  Research Stipend.  $20,000.  “The Effect of Increased Data and Analytics on Measuring Agency Performance Under GPRA: The Case of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Traffic Safety Action Program”.  Forthcoming.
  • Building Strength Major Research Project Award.  $10,000.  Bowling Green State University.  January 2013-August 2013.  

Presentations

  • Mills, Russell W. and Christopher J. Koliba.  “The Challenge of Accountability in Complex Regulatory Networks:  The Case of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”  Paper Presented at the 2013 American Society for Public Administration Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, LA.  
  • Mills, Russell W.  “Benefit-Cost Analysis as a Congressional Limitation on Agency Decision-Making: The Case of the Federal Contract Tower Program.”  Paper Presented at the 2012 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Mills, Russell W. “Fostering Bureaucratic Policy Learning Through Voluntary Regulatory Programs: The Case of the Federal Aviation Administration”.  Paper Prepared for the 2011 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, WA.  
  • Mills, Russell W.  “Regulatory Adaptation and Learning by Industry: The Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs” Paper Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Mills, Russell W.  “Policy Invention in State Government: The Role of Nonpartisan Research Organizations and University Centers in Explaining Applications for the Federal Highway Administration’s “Highways for Life” Program”  Paper Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL
  • Mills, Russell W.  “The Development of Collaborative Regulatory Partnerships with Industry: A Historical Institutionalist Investigation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs” Paper Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA.  
  • Mills, Russell W.  “Safety Reform Within the Federal Aviation Administration: The Use of Collaborative Regulatory Partnerships with Industry”  Paper Presented at the 2009 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference, Washington D.C.
  • Mills, Russell, W., Renee J. Johnson, and David Randall.  “The Role of Legislative Professionalism, Bureaucratic Capacity, and Gubernatorial Strength in State Government Performance” Paper Presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Mills, Russell, W.  “The Effect of Legislative Professionalism on Agenda Setting at the State Level” Paper Presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.  
  • Mills, Russell, W.  “The Effect of Legislative Professionalism on Agenda Setting at the State Level” Paper Presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA.  

Invited Talks

  • Structure and Organization of Government Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  The Effect of Agency Policy Preferences and Congressional Letter-Marking on the Allocation of Distributive Policy Benefits: Sequestration and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Contract Tower Program.  January 7th, 2014.
  • Invited Presentation at Westminster College.  Accountability in the Era of Governance Networks.  April 30, 2012.  
  • Invited Presentation at the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center.  Get that Pig Off My Road, Bridge and Runway: The Effect of Pork and Politics on Transportation Funding in the 21st Century.  November 7, 2011.
  • Appearance on Federal News Radio’s The Morning Drive.  Discussed findings of IBM Center for the Business of Government Report.  September 27, 2010.  Available at: http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=15&sid=2063271
  • Invited Presentation at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  Secondary Learning and the Unintended Benefits of Collaborative Mechanisms: The Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Disclosure Programs.  March 5th, 2013.  

Projects

  • The Effect of Agency Policy Preferences and Congressional Letter-Marking on the Allocation of Distributive Policy Benefits: Sequestration and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Contract Tower Program  (with Niki Kalaf-Hughes and Jason MacDonald).
  • Ensuring Compliance from 35,000 feet: Accountability and Trade-Offs in Aviation Safety Regulatory Networks (with Dorit Reiss and Christopher Koliba)
  • “The Complexity of Accountability in Regulatory Governance Networks: The Case of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” (with Christopher Koliba)
  • “Best Practices for Using Voluntarily Submitted Data from the Front-Lines to Measure Agency Performance under the Government Performance and Results Act”

Courses Taught

  • Fall 2012
    POLS 3310 State and Local Politics
    POLS 6210 Administrative Theory and Behavior
  • Spring 2013
    POLS 6280 Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-Making
    POLS 6600 Local Economic Development
  • Fall 2013
    POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior
    POLS 6260 Public Personnel Management
  • Spring 2014
    POLS 6280:  Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-Making
    POLS 6900:  Public Administration Capstone