The Philip Converse and Warren Miller Fellowship Fund in American Political Behavior

Converse, Miller, and Campbell.

Philip Converse, Warren Miller, and Angus Campbell (left to right) discuss the National Election Study in 1956.

To those who knew them, worked with them, and learned from them, Phil Converse and Warren Miller were intellectual powerhouses and inspiring leaders.

Enterprising and outgoing, Warren was a born leader renowned for his organizational genius and his almost uncanny ability to launch major research institutions—among them the Center for Political Studies (CPS), the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the American National Election Studies (ANES).

An internationally acclaimed research scientist with broad interests, Phil is a widely cited scholar whose publications continue to occupy a prominent place in the chronicles of political ideology, determinants of voting behavior, attitude measurement, time use, quality of life, mass-elite linkages, and survey methodology.

Both Phil and Warren were leading lights in the field of American Political Behavior, and their paths converged in significant ways. Both served as directors of CPS. Both were deeply involved in research relating to the electoral process and political behavior. Both served as presidents of the American Political Science Association. And both were co-authors of The American Voter—a pioneering work that remains a landmark publication in the history of American politics and political research—and several other of the most influential publications in the field, most notably Elections and the Political Order.

In honor of their individual and joint contributions to the field, the CPS and the Institute for Social Research (ISR) have now established the Philip Converse and Warren Miller Fellowship in American Political Behavior. This fellowship is intended to commemorate their distinguished contributions to the study of American politics, public opinion, and voting behavior as well as the study of the concept of representation. When fully funded, this award will ensure that the names of these two iconic scholars will always be associated with outstanding research conducted by promising young scholars in the Center for Political Studies.

The first Converse Miller fellowship was awarded in April 2013 at the Miller-Converse lecture to John Jackson, professor of political science, and Elizabeth Mann, a Ph.D. student in political science. Pictured from left: ISR Center for Political Studies Director Nancy Burns, John Jackson, Elizabeth Mann, Phil Converse, and Jeffrey Miller, Warren Miller’s son. Photo by Eva Menezes.

The annual $5,000 summer research grant will be awarded jointly to a second- or third-year graduate student studying American Political Behavior at the University of Michigan and his or her faculty mentor. The grant is intended to provide support for a collaborative research project—conducted within CPS—by providing a stipend for salary or the purchase of supplies, services, travel, and computer software and hardware.

Inspired by the broad interests of Phil and Warren, the fellowship will assure that some of the University’s best young scholars in American Political Behavior receive the financial support they need to pursue new discoveries and new knowledge, with a particular focus on elections and public opinion. Research into areas of representation based on interviews with members of Congress will also be encouraged.

Click the button below to make a gift via credit card to the Converse Miller Fellowship in American Political Behavior. For more information on giving options and opportunities, contact Patrick Shields, ISR Director of External Relations, at (734) 764-8369 or peshield@umich.edu.

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