Chad R. Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Chad R. Miller is Graduate Coordinator of the Masters of Science of Economic Development program. Since joining USM in 2007, he has helped establish the Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT), which is now an official U.S. Department of Transportation research center that helps promote economic development through improved freight transportation. He teaches economic development organization management, international development, and coordinates the IEDC True South course. He has extensive private and public sector experience including managing shipping and global distribution for American companies based in China and Vietnam. He was also an Army Officer stationed in the Pacific Rim.

Dr. Miller first became involved with economic development as a trade specialist in Maryland. Prior to joining USM, he worked for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. He holds a Ph.D. from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy, a MBA from Boston University, and a BA in Government from the College of William & Mary.

Dr. Miller, his wife Susan, and son Duncan live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Publications (2007-2014 Peer Reviewed)

Miller, Chad. (2014). “Institutional Legacy as the Driver of Port Development Strategy: The Case of the Port of Gulfport,” Public Works Management & Policy 19 (1): 4-10.

Miller, Chad and Bethany Stich (2013). “Realizing the Economic Development Benefits of Short-line Railroads: The Case of Mississippi,” Regional Science Policy & Practice 2 (2)

Sarder, MD, Ziaul Adnan, and Chad Miller (2013). “Biomass Transportation Model for Intermodal Network,” International Journal of Supply Chain Management 2(2). 

Bethany Stich and Chad Miller (2012). “A New Public Philosophy for a New Railroad Era: Applying the Blacksburg Manifesto to Contemporary Transportation Issues,” Administration Theory & Praxis 34(4). 603-623.

Miller, Chad and MD Sarder (2012). "Public Works Policy Implications of Sustainable Reverse Logistics Operations,” Public Works Management & Policy 17(1). 68-82.

Bethany Stich and Chad Miller. (2012). “Economic Development Perspectives and Policy Making: The Case of Railroad Revitalization Versus Rails-to-Trails,” Administration & Society 44:438-457

Miller, Chad and Bethany Stich (2011). “Leveraging a Flat World with Intermodal Hubs,” Global Horizons: The Journal of Policy and Resilience 4(1): 104-126.

Miller, Chad, Brian Richard and Sumesh Arora (2011). “Alternate Signs of Life: The Growth of Biotechnology Industries in Shanghai and Bangalore,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change 78(4): 565-574.

Miller, Chad and Ian Birdsall (2010). "Bridging the Disconnect Between Development and Disaster: A First Step," Journal of Emergency Management 8(4): 25-36.

Miller, Chad, and Brian Richard (2010). "The Policy Diffusion of the State R&D Investment Tax Credit," State and Local Government Review 42(1): 22-36.

Taylor, Davis and Chad Miller (2010). "Rethinking Local Business Clusters: the Case of Food Clusters for Promoting Community Development," Community Development 41(1):108-120.

Parhizkar, Omid, Chad Miller and Robert Smith (2010). "Private Sector Development Implications of the Export Performance Determinants of U.S. Small-Medium Forest Enterprises to Mexico, Europe, and Asia," Forest Policy and Economics 12(5):387-396.

Parhizkar, Omid, Chad Miller, and Robert Smith (2009). “Comparison of Important Competitiveness Factors on the Exporting of Hardwood Lumber,” Forest Products Journal 59(5): 81-86.

Stich, Bethany and Chad Miller (2008). "Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework to Understand Freight Transportation Policy Change," Public Works Management and Policy 13(1): 62-74.

Sirgy, M. Joseph, Dong-Jin Lee, Chad Miller, and James E. Littlefield (2007). "The Impact of Imports and Exports on a Country's Quality of Life: Toward and Integrated Model," Social Indicators Research 83(2):245-281.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)
International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC)

Honors & Awards

2013-2014 BAC Research Award