Lisa L. Miller
Lisa L. Miller
Hickman Hall - 401
Public law, American politics, racial politics, crime and punishment

Professor Miller has her B.A. from the University of Virginia (1987) and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1999). From September 2015 through June 2016, she served as the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.  In 2012-2013 Professor was a Visiting Scholar at the Program in Law and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Government at Princeton University and in 2011-2012 she was Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford where she conducted research on crime politics in the UK. In 1999-2000 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound. From 2000-2004 she was an Assistant Professor at Penn State University. She joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2004.

Professor Miller earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington and her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.

Professor Miller's most recent book is The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), a cross-national comparison of crime as a political issue. Her last book, The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty and the Politics of Crime Control (Oxford University Press, 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. 


Selected articles include:

  • "What's Violence Got To Do With It? Inequality, race and state failure in American politics." Punishment and Society 17(2): 184-210.
  • 2014. “The (Dys)Functions of American Federalism.” Tulsa Law Review. Forthcoming
  • 2013. “Power to the People: Violent Victimization, Inequality and Democratic Politics.” Theoretical Criminology 17(3): 283-313.
  • 2011. “The Local and the Legal: American federalism and its implications for the carceral state.” Special Issue of Criminology and Public Policy: Mass Incarceration 10(3): 725-732.
  • 2010. “The Invisible Black Victim: How American Federalism Perpetuates Racial Inequality in Criminal Justice.”  Law and Society Review 44 (3/4): 805-842.
  • 2007. Miller, Lisa L. "The Representational Biases of Federalism: scope and bias in the political process revisited." Perspectives on Politics 5(2): 305-321.
  • 2005. Miller, Lisa L. and Jim Eisenstein. "The Federal/state criminal prosecution nexus: a case study in cooperation and discretion." Law and Social Inquiry 30(2): 239-268.
  • 2004. Miller, Lisa L. "Rethinking bureaucrats in the policy process: criminal justice agents and the national crime agenda. Policy Studies Journal 32(4): 569-588.

I work in the subfields of Public Law and American Politics and I also engage in cross-disciplinary work involving criminology and sociology. My expertise is in the political dynamics of crime and punishment, with a particular emphasis on the mobilization and activity of minority populations. I also work on American federalism and constitutionalism with a focus on how institutional arrangements facilitate or hinder mass political participation and the production of public goods such as security from violence.


Constitutional Law, Law and Politics, Race, Crime and Justice, Comparative Crime and Punishment