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People: Deceased Emeritus Faculty

Warren E. Miller

Deceased Emeritus Faculty


Founder, Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research 1962
Founder, Center for Political Studies 1970

Associated with CPS as Director from 1970-1981


Ph.D. 1954 from Syracuse University (Philosophy)

Lecture Series

The Miller-Converse Lecture Series honors the legacy of CPS Founder Warren Miller and former CPS Director Philip Converse. 


Scholarship Award

The Converse Miller Fellowship in American Political Behavior provides support for a graduate student in the University of Michigan Political Science Department to work with a faculty member in the Center for Political Studies.


About Warren E. Miller

Warren E. Miller, research scientist in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, and adjunct professor of political science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on April 30, 1993.

Professor Miller received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Oregon in 1948 and 1950, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1954. He came to the University of Michigan in 1951 as an assistant study director in the Survey Research Center and was promoted to study director in 1953. From 1954-56, he was an assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He returned to the University of Michigan in 1956 as an assistant professor of political science and research associate in the Survey Research Center. He was promoted to associate professor in 1958, to research scientist in 1959, and to professor in 1963. He was named the Arthur W. Bromage Professor of Political Science in 1981. Since 1982, he has been a professor of political science at Arizona State University.

Professor Miller has done pioneering research in electoral and political behavior, focusing on democratic processes and how to enhance them. His frequently-cited works time and again have set the direction for the field. At the University of Michigan, Professor Miller founded the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research in 1962, the Center for Political Studies in 1970, and the American National Election Study in 1977. He served as executive director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research until 1970, director of the Center for Political Studies until 1981, and principal investigator of the American National Election Studies through April 10, 1993.

Among Professor Miller’s many honors are his election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1977) and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1984). He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Goteborg in 1972, and received the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1977. He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 1979-80. The Regents now salute this distinguished political scientist for his dedicated service by naming Warren E. Miller research scientist emeritus.

In Memoriam

Former University of Michigan political scientist Warren E. Miller, one of America’s foremost authorities on electoral politics and voting behavior, died from complications from diabetes January 30, 2007 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 74. Renowned scholar and voting expert Warren Miller died Jan. 30.