Nancy Martorano Miller

Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science

Profile

Nancy Martorano Miller received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University in 2002, and joined the University of Dayton as part of the Political Science faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of that year and was promoted to associate professor in 2008. She teaches the following courses in the Department of Political Science: American Political Systems, Political Analysis, Urban Politics, Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections and Interest Group Politics. She also teaches courses on Applied Research Techniques, State and Local Government, and Urban Administration in the Masters of Public Administration program. Her primary research interest is the legislative process in state legislatures, but she also conducts research in the areas of Southern politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion and state legislative electoral politics. Dr. Martorano Miller was awarded the Alan Rosenthal Prize by the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association in 2007 for her research on state legislative committee systems. She has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation, The Center for the Study of Institutions and Values at Rice University, the Research Council at the University of Dayton and the University of Dayton Women's Center. Her work has appeared in the following academic journals: Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, American Review of Politics, and Journal of Legislative Studies. Dr. Martorano Miller is currently the associate editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. She has provided political commentary for numerous local (Dayton Daily News, Channel 2, and Channel 22/45) and national (CNN.com, Associated Press) media outlets.

The Faculty Prespective

The University of Dayton provides a unique opportunity for student/faculty interaction. Its medium sized enrollment and small class sizes allow faculty to know their students as individuals. This ultimately enhances the academic experience for both student and faculty member, as learning is interactive rather than one-sided.

Courses Taught

  • The American Political System
  • Political Analysis
  • Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections
  • Interest Group Politics
  • Urban Politics and Policy

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Rice University 2002
  • M.A., Rice University 2000
  • B.A., Clemson University 1995

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, State Politics and Policy Quarterly
  • Political Science Department Internship Coordinator
  • Faculty Mentor to the Dayton Civic Scholars

Research Interests

  • Legislative process in state legislatures
  • Political parties and interest groups
  • Urban politics
  • Southern politics
  • State legislative electoral politics

Selected Publications

"Representation," Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Michael Card, Keith Gaddie, Gary Moncrief and Kenneth Palmer, (eds.), Washington, DC: CQ Press. (Forthcoming, 2008)."Professionalized Legislature," Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Michael Card, Keith Gaddie, Gary Moncrief and Kenneth Palmer, (eds.), Washington , DC: CQ Press. (Forthcoming, 2008).

"Law-Making," Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Michael Card, Keith Gaddie, Gary Moncrief and Kenneth Palmer, (eds.), Washington , DC: CQ Press. (Forthcoming, 2008).

"Whip," Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Michael Card, Keith Gaddie, Gary Moncrief and Kenneth Palmer, (eds.), Washington, DC: CQ Press. (Forthcoming, 2008).

"Partisan Stacking on Legislative Committees," Legislative Studies Quarterly, (May 2006) with Ronald D. Hedlund, Kevin Coombs and Keith E. Hamm.

"Measuring State Legislative Committee Power: Change and Chamber Differences in the 20th Century," State Politics and Policy Quarterly, (Spring 2006), with Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund.

"Balancing Power: Committee System Autonomy and Legislative Organization," Legislative Studies Quarterly. (May 2006). 

"Cohesion or Reciprocity?  Majority Party Strength and Minority Party Procedural Rights in the Legislative Process," State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (Spring 2004).

"Structuring Committee Decision Making: Rules and Procedures in U.S. State Houses and Senates." Journal of Legislative Studies. (Summer 2001), Vol. 7, No. 2, with Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund.

"A Transforming South: Exploring Patterns of State House Seat Contestation," American Review of Politics.  (Spring/Summer 2000), with R. Bruce Anderson and Keith E. Hamm.

"National States' Rights Party, 1958-1984," The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America, Immanuel Ness and James Ciment, (eds.),  Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference (2000).

Media Expertise