Associate Director; Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Public Engagement
Laurie Miller conducts research on health, education and economic development in the United States, Central America, and sub-Saharan Africa using mixed methods and participatory research approaches.
Professor Miller’s research, government and independent consulting experience in the public sphere informs her work with students as they engage with public agencies, NGOs, and other partners to address public concerns internationally, in the United States, and locally.
As Senior Associate at Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC and with Child Care Action Campaign in New York City, she conducted research on local implementation and administration of federal programs; communication, knowledge, and understanding of government programs and services within communities; development of public-private partnerships; state-level and community collaborations to improve education, early childhood, health, and social services; and stakeholder engagement in the policy, program development, and legislative processes. As analyst and liaison to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Laurie interpreted federal policy and managed funding, working with government, NGOs, and public-private partnerships to create affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods.
Professor Miller received her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her MPA from Columbia University and her Ed.M. from Harvard.