Nicholas L. Miller

|Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Government

Nicholas Miller's research focuses on nuclear proliferation and international security. His book, Stopping the Bomb: The Sources and Effectiveness of U.S. Nonproliferation Policy,  was published by Cornell University Press in 2018. The dissertation on which the book is based received the 2015 Helen Dwight Reid Award, awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in international relations, law, and politics. It also won the 2015 Kenneth N. Waltz Prize, awarded for the best dissertation in the field of international security and arms control.

His research has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security​International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Security Studies. His policy analysis and commentary has been published at the Washington Post/Monkey Cage,  Lawfare, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest,  Politico, War on the Rocks,  The Washington Quarterly, and on


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  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.A. Wesleyan University

Selected Publications

  • “Learning to Predict Proliferation,” International Organization, Forthcoming.

    “Rival Hierarchies and the Origins of Nuclear Technology Sharing,” with Jeff Colgan, International Studies Quarterly 63, No. 2 (2019): 310-321.

    “North Korea Defied the Theoretical Odds: What Can We Learn from its Successful Nuclearization?” With Vipin Narang, Texas National Security Review 1, No. 2 (2018): 58-75.

    Stopping the Bomb: The Sources and Effectiveness of U.S. Nonproliferation Policy, Cornell University Press, 2018.

    “Why Nuclear Energy Programs Rarely Lead to Proliferation,” International Security 42, No. 2 (2017): 40-77

    “Red Lines in Nuclear Nonproliferation,” with Daniel Altman, Nonproliferation Review 24, No. 3-4 (2017): 315-342.

    “Keeping the Bombs in the Basement: 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.