Focusing on the changing dynamics of global decentralization, particularly as it effects institutions of local government, Miller analyzes how the socio-political world is “supposed to operate”. Studying these regional variations in norms and values plays an important role in how he frames the debate and discussion on the structural issues of these governments. He previously worked at the City of Pittsburgh, developing revenue forecasts and assessing the value of privatizing city services. 


Teaching and Research Areas

Miller’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Global decentralization
  • Regional organizing of local governments
  • Variations in political culture


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Discovering American Regionalism: An Introduction to Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (with Jen Nelles). Routledge, 2018.
  • Governing the Metropolitan Region: America’s Newest Frontier (with Raymond W. Cox).  M E Sharpe, 2014.
  • “Municipal Managers: Regional Champions or Agents of Parochialism?” with George W. Dougherty, Jr. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 2010.


Consultancies and Public Service

  • Editorial Board, Urban Affairs Review, 2012 - present
  • Commissioner, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission - Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), 2003-present
  • Board of Directors, Local Government Academy, 1994-present
  • Principal, Early Intervention Municipal Finance Project, Department of Community and Economic Development – Ambridge, Butler, Connellsville, Erie, Lawrence County, New Castle, Titusville
  • Executive Director, Home Rule Education Fund, Consortium of Foundations