Banks Miller

Associate Professor - Economic Political and Policy
bxm093000@utdallas.edu
972-883-2930
GR2806
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Political Science
Ohio State University - 2009
J.D.
The University of Texas School of Law - 2004
B.A.
Hendrix College - 2001

Publications

Experts Judging Experts: Agency Review on a Specialized Court. Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming) (with Brett Curry). 2013 - Publication
Explaining the Divergence in Asylum Grant Rates Among Immigration Judges: An Attitudinal and Cognitive Approach, Law and Policy (forthcoming) (with Linda Camp Keith and Jennifer Holmes). 2013 - Publication
Describing the State Solicitors General. Judicature 93: 238-246. 2010 - Publication
“Describing the State Solicitors General.” Judicature 93: 238-246. 2010 - Publication
The Federalist Society's Impact on the Federal Judiciary. Political Research Quarterly 62: 366-378 (with Nancy Scherer). 2009 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor - University of Texas at Dallas [2009–Present]

Projects

Experts Judging Experts: The Role of Expertise in Reviewing Agency Decision Making
2010–2010 with Brett Curry. Presented at the 2010 Southern Political Science Association Conference.
State Success in State Supreme Courts.
2008–2008 Presented at the 2008 State Politics Conference.
The Supreme Court, Foreign Law, and its Consequences for Public Support
2007–2007 with Brett Curry. Presented at the 2007 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
Reassessing the Voting Behavior of Minority and Female Judges on the Federal Bench
2008–2008 with Nancy Scherer and Brett Curry. Presented at the 2008 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
Understanding Subject Matter Expertise on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, with Brett Curry
2010–2010 Presented at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

Additional Information

GRANTS, AWARDS AND HONORS
  • Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, EPPS Nominee, Tenure-track, 2012
  • APSA Travel Grant, American Political Science Association, 2008.
  • Prestage-Cook Travel Grant, Southern Political Science Association, 2008.
  • Dissertation Improvement Grant, Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, Ohio State University, 2008 (University-wide competition).
  • Graduate Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2007-2008.
  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2004-2005.
  • Member, Texas Law Review, 2002-2003.
  • Dean's Achievement Award, University of Texas School of Law, Social Science and the Law, 2004.
PROFESSIONAL, UNIVERSITY, & DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
  • Program Committee, Political Science Program, UT Dallas 2009-2011
  • Committee on Effective Teaching, EPPS, UT Dallas 2010-2012
  • Moot Court Judging, UT Dallas, 2009-2011
  • Reviewer, Oxford University Press, Routledge Press, American Politics 
  • Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly
PROFESSIONAL AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
  • Program Committee, Political Science Program, UT Dallas 2009-2011

News Articles

Refugees Burdened by Inexperienced Lawyers, Lack of Documentation
Immigrants seeking asylum are better off without a lawyer than with a poor quality one, according to a new study by three political science researchers at UT Dallas.

Having an attorney is one of the strongest predictors of whether an applicant will win political asylum, previous research has shown. But the UT Dallas researchers found that simply having a lawyer is no guarantee. The attorney’s capability is a primary factor in whether an applicant will win asylum or be deported.
The research by Dr. Banks Miller, assistant professor, Dr. Linda Camp Keith, associate professor, and Dr. Jennifer Holmes, associate professor and head of the political science program, was published  in the March edition of Law & Society Review. The three professors, all in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, also are authors of the 2015 book, Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy.
Refugees Burdened by Inexperienced Lawyers, Lack of Documentation
Immigrants seeking asylum are better off without a lawyer than with a poor quality one, according to a new study by three political science researchers at UT Dallas.

Having an attorney is one of the strongest predictors of whether an applicant will win political asylum, previous research has shown. But the UT Dallas researchers found that simply having a lawyer is no guarantee. The attorney’s capability is a primary factor in whether an applicant will win asylum or be deported.
The research by Dr. Banks Miller, assistant professor, Dr. Linda Camp Keith, associate professor, and Dr. Jennifer Holmes, associate professor and head of the political science program, was published  in the March edition of Law & Society Review. The three professors, all in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, also are authors of the 2015 book, Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy.