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Alice L. Miller
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Expertise: Chinese history, Chinese foreign policy, Chinese domestic politics

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Alice Lyman Miller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and visiting associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford. She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Miller first joined the Hoover Institution in 1999 as a visiting fellow. Prior to coming to Stanford, Miller taught at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. From 1980–90, she was a professorial lecturer in Chinese history and politics at SAIS. From 1990–2000, she was associate professor of China Studies and, for most of that period, director of the China Studies Program at SAIS. She also held a joint appointment as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins from 1996–99, and as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Government, Georgetown University from 1996–98. From 1974–90, Miller worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior analyst in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, and branch and division chief, supervising analysis on China, North Korea, Indochina, and Soviet policy in East Asia. Miller has lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan, and the PRC, and she speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Miller's research focuses on foreign policy and domestic politics issues in China and on the international relations of East Asia. She is currently working as editor and contributor to the China Leadership Monitor, which, now in its fifth year, offers authoritative assessments of trends in Chinese leadership politics and policy to American policymakers and the general public. Additionally, she is working on two books. One, co-authored with SAIS Professor Richard Wich, surveys the international relation of Asia during the Cold War. The second, tentatively entitled The Evolution of Chinese Grand Strategy, 1550–Present, brings a historical perspective to bear on China's rising power in the contemporary international order.

Miller has published extensively on policy issues dealing with China, including several in the Hoover Digest. Others include "The Foreign Policy Outlook of China's Third Generation' Elite, with Liu Xiaohong, in The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform (David M. Lampton, ed., University of California Press, 2001), "The Late Imperial State," in festschrift for Franz Michael, The Modern Chinese State (David Shambaugh, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2000), and "Is China Unstable?" in Is China Unstable? (David Shambaugh, ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2000). She is the author of Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge (University of Washington Press, 1996).

Miller won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins University in 1994–95. Miller has been interviewed on Voice of America, National Public Radio, CNN, and in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, as well as press from Japan, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China.

Miller graduated from Princeton University in 1966, receiving a B.A. in Oriental Studies. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from George Washington University in 1969 and 1974. Formerly H. Lyman Miller, she transitioned in 2006.

Last updated on September 5, 2012