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  • Lisa Lynn Miller
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Areas of Specialization: Public Law, Law and Social Policy, Politics and Punishment, Racial Minorities in Crime, Federal Criminal Courts
  • Office: Hickman Hall, Room 406
  • Campus: Douglass Campus
  • Phone: 848-932-9382
  • Email: miller@polisci.rutgers.edu
  • Education: Ph.D. Washington, M.A. Washington, B.A. Virginia


Dr. Lisa L. Miller is an Affiliated Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice, as well as a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1999. Miller’s research interests are in law and social policy, constitutionalism, racial inequality and crime and punishment. Her most recent book, The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty and Crime Control (Oxford, 2008), explored the relationship between the peculiar style of American federalism and the substantial inequalities in criminal victimization and punishment across racial groups in the U.S. She has written extensively on the development of crime and justice policy and legal frameworks in the U.S. with her work appearing in Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Perspectives on Politics, the British Journal of Criminology, Policy Studies Journal, among others. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Miller was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Program in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. In 2011-2012, she was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford where she began a new book project on comparative democratic systems, inequality, crime and punishment. At Princeton, she continued to work on that project now entitled: “In Defense of Mob Rule? Violence, Inequality and Democracy in Comparative Perspective.”