Melissa K. Miller, Ph.D.


Melissa K. Miller, PH.D.

  • Position: PROFESSOR
  • Phone: 419-372-2924
  • Email:
  • Address: 122 Williams Hall

twitter @swingstateprof


  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • National Women's Studies Association


Dr. Melissa Miller is an expert on American politics with a specific focus on elections and voting behavior, women in American politics, public opinion, and the media. She teaches courses in American Government, Political Parties, Voter Behavior, Women in American Politics, and Research Methods. In 2016 Dr. Miller was named Master Teacher -- the highest teaching award on campus.

Dr. Miller is frequently interviewed by local, regional, national, and international media. She has appeared in/on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Guardian,  and The New York Review of Books, among others. In recognition of her extensive commitment to public engagement, Dr. Miller was awarded the 2018 Community Engagement Award by BGSU’s Faculty Senate.

Dr. Miller’s research on American politics appears in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, American Politics Research, and PS: Political Science and Politics, among others.

Dr. Miller frequently collaborates with her students on research projects. Many of them have used this experience to launch their own projects for presentations at student research symposia and inclusion in job and graduate school applications.

Dr. Miller holds an A.B. from Cornell University, where she majored in Government; a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, where her concentration was Press, Politics & Public Policy; and a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Fields of Study

  • American Politics
  • Elections & Voting Behavior
  • Gender & Politics
  • Media & Politics
  • Political Behavior


  • A.B., Cornell University (Government)
  • M.P.P., Harvard University (Press, Politics & Public Policy)
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University (Political Science)

Selected Publications

Recent Articles:

  • Miller, Melissa K. 2019. Who Knows More About Politics? A Dual Explanation for the Gender Gap. American Politics Research, 47(1): 174-88.
  • Miller, Melissa K. 2017. Mothers and the Media on the Campaign Trail. In Mothers & Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics. Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press. 155-77.
  • Englehart, Neil A. and Melissa K. Miller. 2014. The CEDAW Effect: International Law’s Impact on Women’s Rights. Journal of Human Rights 13(1): 22-47.
  • Miller, Melissa K., Jeffrey S. Peake, and Brittany Anne Boulton. 2010. Testing the Saturday Night Live Hypothesis: Fairness and Bias in Newspaper Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. Politics & Gender 6(2): 169-98.

Courses Taught

  • Political Parties & Voter Behavior
  • Women in American Politics
  • Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • American Government: Processes and Structure


Media Interviews:

  • CNN
  • ABC News
  • Fox News
  • Al Jazeera
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • New York Review of Books
  • American Journalism Review
  • Associated Press
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Ohio Public Television
  • Research Grant (intramural)
    Institute for the Study of Culture & Society Bowling Green State University
    Principal Investigator
    Project: “Moms on the Run: Maternal Stereotypes on the Campaign Trail"
  • Research Grant (extramural)
    American Political Science Association
    Co-Principal Investigator with Jeffrey Peake
    Project: “Overt Message / Covert Meaning: Race and Gender in Press Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign”
  • Research Grant (extramural)
    Center for Research Libraries
    Co-Principal Investigator with Jeffrey Peake
    Project: “Press Coverage of the 2008 General Election”
  • Research Grant (extramural)
    Center for Research Libraries
    Co-Principal Investigator with Jeffrey Peake
    Project: “Press Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Primaries”
  • “Gotta Run: Taking the Mystery Out of Running for Office.” League of Women Voters (Perrysburg, Ohio), March 2019.
  • “Nine Lives Later: What I’ve Learned About Getting Stuff Done.” Delivered as the annual “Last Lecture" for the Fayetta Paulsen Chapter of Mortar Board, Bowing Green State University, April 2018.
  • “Battle of the Sexes: Who Knows More About Politics?” Department of Political Science, University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), April 2018.
  • “Saving Congress from Itself: Prospects for Redistricting Reform.” League of Women Voters and Fired Up! Ready to Go! Point Place Branch, Toledo Public Library (Toledo, Ohio), September 2017.
  • “How Trump Won.” Christ Church Episcopal (Hudson, Ohio), January 2017.
  • “Picker of Presidents: Ohio’s Privileged Position in the 2016 Election.” Chinese Association of Greater Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), September 2016.
  • “Inside the Money Machine: Campaign Finance in the Modern Era.” Kiwanis Club (Bowling Green, Ohio), June 2016.
  • Moms on the Run: Maternal Stereotypes on the Campaign Trail — A study of the experience of women who are mothers of young children running for elective office. Funded in part by BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture & Society.
  • Trailblazing Women in Ohio Politics — A study of women who have broken barriers in Ohio’s electoral politics.  A collaborative television documentary project with WBGU-TV.

Updated: 10/25/2023 10:16AM