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About Nancy M. Miller

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. She was promoted to associate professor in 2008.
She teaches the following courses in the Department of Political Science: Political Analysis, State and Local Government, American Political Systems, Urban Politics, and Interest Group Politics. She also teaches courses on Quantitative Methods and State and Local Government in the Masters of Public Administration program.
Her primary research interest is the legislative process in state legislatures. 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, Journal of Legislative Studies, and The Social Science Journal. Dr. Martorano Miller has also served as 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), national (, Associated Press) and international (BBC) media outlets.
Dr. Martorano Miller currently serves as the Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Martorano Miller’s research explores the impact of provisions in state constitutions on the legislative process in the American states. Her current research is also exploring the rights of minority political parties in the legislative process as well as the linkage between campaign contributions and state legislative committee memberships.
• Associate Editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2008-2014
• Member of Editorial Board Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2010-2012
• Member of Executive Council of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association, 2006-2008
• Member of American Political Science Association and Midwestern Political Science Association


2002 - Present Associate Professor, University of Dayton Department of Political Science
Present Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Dayton


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  • Political Analysis
  • State and Local Government
  • The American Political System
  • Urban Politics
  • Interest Group Politics
  • Quantitative Methods


2002 PhD, Rice University
2000 MA, Rice University
1995 BA, Clemson University

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Phone: 937-229-3650


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