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Russell W. Mills, Ph.D.

Russell-Mills

Russell W. Mills, PH.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Public Administration, American Politics
Phone: 419-372-7329
Email: millsrw@bgsu.edu
Address: 120 Williams Hall

Biography

Dr. Russell W. Mills is an Associate 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 American Politics.  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.  

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 Governmen

Dr. Mills' current research examines the interaction between the executive and legislative branches in public policymaking.  His current projects examine the influence of informal communications between the branches on policy outcomes. Dr. Mills conducts also research on the intersection of bureaucratic structure and the effectiveness of agency rulemaking.   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’ work on the increasing use of voluntary self-disclosure programs was funded by a grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government and has appeared inRegulation & Governance as well as Administration & Society.  

His applied research focuses on the linkage between economic development and aviation, particularly in small communities.  Dr. Mills and colleagues from the Center for Regional Development were awarded a $300,000 grant from the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) to examine strategies used by small communities to attract and retain air service through community-based and federal incentive programs.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

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

Recent Articles:

“Agency Policy Preferences, Congressional Letter-Marking and the Allocation of Distributive Policy Benefits”.  Journal of Public Policy. 2015.  (with Nicole Kalaf-Hughes, and Jason MacDonald)

 “The Evolution of Distributive Benefits: The Rise of Letter-Marking in the United States Congress” Journal of Economics and Political Science.  2015 Vol. 22 (1): 35-58. (With Nicole Kalaf-Hughes)

“The Interaction of Private and Public Regulatory Governance: The Case of Association-Led Voluntary Aviation Safety Programs” Policy & Society 35(1): 43-55.  

“Ensuring Compliance from 35,000 Feet: Accountability and Trade-Offs in Aviation Safety Regulatory Networks”. Administration & Society.  doi:10.1177/0095399716656223 (With Christopher Koliba and Dorit Reiss)

“The Challenge of Accountability in Complex Regulatory Networks:  The Case of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”  Regulation and Governance.  DOI: 10.1111/rego.12062.  2015.  (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. 

“Accountability in Governance Networks: Lessons From Hurricane Katrina” Public Administration Review.  April 2011. (with Christopher Koliba and Asim Zia).

Outstanding Early Career Award.  Bowling Green State University.  2016.

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.  

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”. 

Dirksen Congressional Research Center.  Co-Principal Investigator. 

2016.  “Behind “Enemy” Lines?: Congressional Detailees as an Indicator of Congressional Committee Capacity” (With Jennifer Selin). $3,500.

2015.  “Vegan Pork: Congressional Letter-Marking and the Allocation of Distributive Benefits” (With Nicole Kalaf-Hughes).  $3,500.

IBM Center for the Business of Government. “Voluntary Regulatory Partnership Programs with Industry: Lessons from the Federal Aviation Administration”.   Research Stipend.  $20,000.  

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”. 

Dirksen Congressional Research Center.  Co-Principal Investigator. 

2016.  “Behind “Enemy” Lines?: Congressional Detailees as an Indicator of Congressional Committee Capacity” (With Jennifer Selin). $3,500.

2015.  “Vegan Pork: Congressional Letter-Marking and the Allocation of Distributive Benefits” (With Nicole Kalaf-Hughes).  $3,500.

Invited Presentation at the Causes and Consequences of Private Governance: The Changing Roles of State and Private Actors, The Mannheim Center for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany.  The Interaction and Evolution of Private and Public Regulatory Governance. The Case of Association-Led Voluntary Aviation Safety Programs.  November 7, 2014.  

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 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.  

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

“Vegan Pork: Congressional Letter-Marking and the Allocation of Distributive Benefits”.   Cambridge University Press.  (With Nicole Kalaf-Hughes)

“Structuring Rulemaking: The Effects of Organization on Rule Detail and Timeliness.  (With Christopher Carrigan)

“Don’t Sweat the Details! Enhancing Congressional Committee Capacity Through The Use of Detailees”  (With Jennifer Selin)

“Air Service Development and Economic Performance”  

Mills, Russell W. and Christopher Carrigan.  “Making Lemons from Lemonade: Accounting for the Effects of Agency Capacity on Rulemaking Timeliness”.  2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Mills, Russell W. and Niki Kalaf-Hughes.  “Assessing the Effect of Technical and Political Complexity on Delay in the Rulemaking Process”.  2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Mills, Russell W. and Jennifer Selin.  “Behind “Enemy” Lines?: Congressional Detailees as an Indicator of Congressional Committee Capacity”.  2016 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association.  

Mills, Russell W.  “Transactional Authority and Technical Assistance Requests”.  2016 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association.  

Mills, Russell W. and Nicole Kalaf-Hughes.  “Agency Policy Preferences, Congressional Letter-Marking and the Allocation of Distributive Policy Benefits”.  2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.  *Nominated for Kenneth Meier Award for Best Paper in Bureaucratic Politics.

Mills, Russell W. “Transnational Business Governance and European Regulatory Integration: The Case of Single European Sky Implementation” .  2015 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association.  Seattle, WA.  

Mills, Russell W. and Bill Spitz.  “Effects of Airline Consolidation on Air Service at Small and Non-Hub Airports”.  2015 AAAE National Air Service Conference.  Tucson, AZ.

Mills, Russell W. and Bill Spitz.  “Effects of Airline Consolidation on Air Service at Small and Non-Hub Airports”.  2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.  Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

Fall 2012

  • POLS 3310 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 6210 Administrative Theory and Behavior

Fall 2013

  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior
  • POLS 6260 Public Personnel Management

Spring 2013

  • POLS 6280 Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-Making
  • POLS 6600 Local Economic Development

Spring 2014

  • POLS 6280:  Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-Making
  • POLS 6900:  Public Administration Capstone

Fall 2015

  • POLS 6600: Local Economic Development 

Spring 2015

  • POLS 3450: Legislative Process
  • POLS 6280: Public Sector Budgeting and Finance

Fall 2016

  • POLS 1100: Introduction to American Government
  • POLS 3450: Legislative Process 

Spring 2016

  • POLS 6900: Public Administration Capstone