Nicholas Miller is the Dean’s Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy. His research focuses on international security, particularly on the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation.
His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Security Studies. His dissertation won the 2015 Helen Dwight Reid Award from the American Political Science Association, awarded for the best dissertation in the fields of international relations, law, and politics. It also won the 2015 Kenneth N. Waltz Prize for the best dissertation in international security and arms control.
He received his PhD in political science in 2014 from MIT, where he remains a research affiliate of the Security Studies Program. He graduated with a BA in government from Wesleyan University.
Miller’s research focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation. Much of it examines the pivotal role of the United States in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons, as well as the historical development of U.S. nonproliferation policy. He also has studied the concept of reactive proliferation or “nuclear domino effects”—both their empirical prevalence and the consequences of policymakers’ belief in the concepts. In addition to working on a book manuscript on U.S. nonproliferation policy, he has an ongoing research project on the relationship between nuclear energy programs and nuclear weapons proliferation.
“The Last Line of Defense: U.S. Nonproliferation Policy toward Israel, South Africa, and Pakistan.” With Or Rabinowitz. International Security 40, No 1 (2015): 41-86.
“Questioning the Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict,” With Mark Bell. Journal of Conflict Resolution 59, No. 1 (2015): 74-92.
“The Secret Success of Nonproliferation Sanctions.” International Organization 68, No. 4 (2014): 913-944.
“Political Devolution and Resistance to Foreign Rule: A Natural Experiment.” With Jeremy Ferwerda. American Political Science Review 108, No. 3 (2014): 642-660.
“Nuclear Dominoes: A Self-Defeating Prophecy?” Security Studies 23, No. 1 (2014): 33-73.
POLS1410: International Security in a Changing World
POLS1822A: Nuclear Weapons and International Politics
POLS1600: Political Research Methods
April 6, 2016
The Washington Post
Nick Miller, and Gene Gerzhoy of the American Political Science Association in The Washington Post, "Trump says he would scale back or entirely end U.S. alliance commitments unless our allies made major financial concessions."
April 1, 2016
The International Security Studies Forum
Nick Miller in The International Security Studies Forum, "In addition to the theoretical contribution, Gerzhoy’s article makes a significant empirical contribution as well, providing intriguing evidence on a historically pivotal but understudied case of (non)proliferation."
March 31, 2016
Nick Miller comments on Donald Trump's proposal to withdraw military support and encourage the acquisition of nuclear weapons in Japan and South Korea.
August 12, 2015
The National Interest
Nicholas Miller in The National Interest, "Yet there is little reason to believe that the Iran deal would lead to a complete reorientation of U.S. policy toward Iran. The Ayatollah himself appears to have little interest in such an outcome, U.S. sanctions on Iran for its human rights violations and support for terrorism will remain in place, and U.S. domestic support for Israel and opposition to groups like Hezbollah is not going away anytime soon."
May 4, 2016
Session 1: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Session 2: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Joukowsky Forum
Sep 14, 2015
3 p.m. Joukowsky Forum