Prof. Michelle Miller-Adams
1105 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
PLS 211 - International Relations (fall and winter)
PLS 301 - Poverty, Inequality, and U.S. Public Policy (winter)
PLS 315 - International Political Economy (fall and winter)
The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2009
Owning Up: Poverty, Assets, and the American Dream, Brookings Institution Press, 2002
The World Bank: New Agendas in a Changing World, Routledge, 1999
Other Publications (selected)
"The Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise on College Choice: An Analysis of Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center Graduates" (with Bridget Timmeney), W.E. Upjohn Institute Policy Paper 2013-14.
"The Value of Universal Eligibility in Promise Scholarship Programs", Employment Research 18(4), October 2011, pp. 1-4.
"The Kalamazoo Promise as a Model for an American Promise", with Timothy J. Bartik, Employment Research 16(3), July 2009, Special Issue: National Labor Market Policy, p. 11.
"A Simple Gift? The Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise on Economic Revitalization," Employment Research, 13(3), July 2006, pp. 1–2; 5–6.
"Breaking Into the Bank: The Challenge of Gaining Meaningful Access to the World Bank” (with Charles T. Myers). In Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers, Martha S. Feldman, Jeannine Bell, and Michele Tracy Berger, eds., Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2003.
Recent Papers and Presentations
"The Economic Development Impact of Place-Based Scholarship Programs: Initial Results from Kalamazoo, Michigan," paper presented at the 71st Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2013
"Promise Scholarship Programs: Progress and Challenges,” presentation to the Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo, July 2013
"The Kalamazoo Promise and the Revitalization of an Urban School District,” invited presentation at Looking Back, Moving Forward, A conference on race, class, opportunity and school boundaries in the Richmond region, Richmond, VA, March 13-14, 2013
"Promise Scholarship Programs: Building Assets for Community Change," presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 2012 Policy Summit, Cleveland, OH, June 2012
"The Kalamazoo Promise: An Investment in Human, Social, and Economic Assets," Departmental Seminar, University of Debrecen, Hungary, May 2012
“The Importance of Universality in Promise Programs,” paper presented at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC, November 2011
“Can Universal, Place-Based Scholarships Reduce Inequality? Lessons from Kalamazoo, Michigan,” paper presented at the 68th Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, April 2010
"Reducing Inequality Through Universal College Scholarships: Lessons from the Kalamazoo Promise,"paper presented at the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 11-14, 2009.
Presentation on the Kalamazoo Promise as an investment in human, economic, and social capital, University of Perugia (Italy), May 6, 2009.
"The Kalamazoo Promise and the Diffusion of a Private Policy Innovation," paper presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 2009.
"Is Good Will Enough? The Foreign Policy Priorities of the Obama Administration," presentation to the Kalamazoo chapter of the United Nations Association, November 16, 2008.
"Who Controls the World Bank? Lessons of the Wolfowitz Presidency," paper presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2008.
Work in Progress
As the recipient of the 2013-14 Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies, I am working with faculty and staff of GVSU's Johnson Center for Philanthropy to study the philanthropic cultures of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
I am also writing an analysis of place-based educational initiatives, including the Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and Strive, to be published as a book chapter in 2014 by the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Program of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD).
Other Activities and Interests
In addition to my teaching position at GVSU, I am a research fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo, where I wrote a book about the Kalamazoo Promise. I am part of the planning committee for PromiseNet 2013, and am working with the Lumina Foundation to develop a research agenda around place-based scholarship programs. I also consult to communities interested in development place-based scholarship programs along the lines of the Kalamazoo Promise. I have taught at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College.
Past professional positions have spanned the fields of non-profit management, finance, research, and academia; positions have included strategic planning consultant at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, vice president for programs at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation), and vice president for research at Salomon Brothers.
A native of Los Angeles, I live in Kalamazoo with my daughter. I serve on two boards: Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers, and the First Day Shoe Fund. My extracurricular interests include the arts, tennis, zumba, ice-skating (doing) and hockey (watching), quilting, knitting, and a variety of other crafts.
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