The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences congratulates Associate Professor Kris Miler, whose "Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States" won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson book award for the best book on government, politics or international affairs.
"Poor Representation: Congress and the Politics of Poverty in the United States" (Cambridge University Press, 2018) shows that although the poor are widely visible in American politics, they are grossly underrepresented in Congress regardless of whether one focuses on policy outcomes or individual legislator actions.
Kris Miler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at Maryland. She teaches courses in American government, legislative politics, interest group politics, and social movements.
Miler's research interests focus on political representation, especially in the U.S. Congress. She also is the author of "Constituency Representation in Congress: The View from Capitol Hill" (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the Alan Rosenthal Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book or article of potential value to legislative practitioners. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Psychology, and American Politics Research.