Nancy Martorano Miller

Associate Professor; Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
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. 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 (CNN.com, 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.

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

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

Degrees

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

Professional Activities

  • 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

Research Interests

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.

Selected Presentations

"With One Hand Tied Behind Their Backs: Constitutional Entrenchment in State Legislatures," with Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois (April 2014).

"With One Hand Tied Behind Their Backs: Understanding External Constraints on State Legislatures," The Ohio State University Department of Political Science, (October 2013)

"Evaluating the Representativeness of State Legislative Committees: A Preliminary Assessment of the Contribution Connection," with Keith Hamm and Ronald Hedlund, paper presented at the 13th annual State Politics and Policy Conference, Iowa City, Iowa (May 2013).

"The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: Committee System Autonomy Revisited," Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois (April 2013).

"The Diffusion of Anti-Human Trafficking Policy in the American States," with Anthony Talbott, and Christopher Klarich, Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Lincoln, Nebraska. (October 2012).

Selected Publications

"State Legislatures," The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government, Donald P. Haider-Markel (ed). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (2014)  with Keith E. Hamm and Ronald D. Hedlund.

"The Coingate Effect: The Impact of Scandal on Attitudes Toward State and Federal Political Actors," The Social Science Journal, (March 2012) with Stacy G. Ulbig.

"Partisan Stacking on Legislative Committees," Legislative Studies Quarterly, (May 2009) 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).

"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