Kathleen Miller

Kathy Miller
Working Title
Academic Programs Director, Associate Teaching Professor
People Type
615 Locust Street

Kathleen Miller is the Director of Academic Programs and Assistant Teaching Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs. She manages the Master of Public Affairs and graduate certificate programs. Her teaching includes the core MPA research methods course, and the Regional and Economic Development course. Prior to her role with the Truman School, Professor Miller spent 15 years as the program director for the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI). RUPRI was created in the 1990s by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators seeking to develop an external, nonpartisan policy research institute to address the rural differential impact of public policies and programs. RUPRI’s work covered a wide range of topics and a collaborative research and policy analysis approach, connecting leading scholars and practitioners to policymakers. In her role, Professor Miller had the opportunity to work on several key policy issues, including close work with Congressional Agriculture Committees and the USDA on rural issues with the Farm Bill. Professor Miller has been a leading expert on the relationship between which definition of “rural” the federal government uses and program effectiveness, working with RUPRI to prepare Congressional testimony on this topic. 

Courses Taught

Research Methods

Regional and Economic Development Policy

Selected Publications

Weber, Bruce, J. Matthew Fannin, Kathleen Miller and Stephan Goetz. 2018. Intergenerational Mobility of Lowincome Youth in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan America: A Spatial Analysis.”  Regional Science Policy and Practice, 10(2): 87-101.

Weber, Bruce A. and Kathleen Miller (2017). “Poverty in Rural America: Then and Now.” Chapter 2 in Rural Poverty in the United States, edited by Ann R. Tickamyer, Jennifer Sherman, and Jennifer Warlick.  Columbia University Press.

County Level Resilience and Vulnerability Index
Kathleen K. Miller, Brian Dabson

How Should We Define and Measure Community Resilience?