Sidney Milkis

Sidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor in the Department of Politics and Director of the Honors Politics Program. He was awarded the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2018-2020, the highest teaching award at the University of Virginia, which recognizes an eminent scholar for outstanding undergraduate teaching.  In 2016-2017, he was named the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at Oxford University. He has a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His books include: The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System Since the New Deal (1993); Political Parties and Constitutional Government: Remaking American Democracy (1999); Presidential Greatness (2000), coauthored with Marc Landy; The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2021 (2022), 9th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson; Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (2009); Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements and the Transformation of American Politics (2019), which won a Choice Outstanding Title Award; and most recently, What Happened to the Vital Center: Presidentialism, Populist Revolt, and the Fracturing of America (2022), coauthored with Nicholas Jacobs. He is the co-editor, with Jerome Mileur, of three volumes on twentieth century political reform: Progressivism and the New Democracy (1999); The New Deal and the Triumph of Liberalism (2002); and The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism (2005). His articles on American government and political history have appeared in Perspectives on PoliticsPolitical Science QuarterlyStudies in American Political DevelopmentPS: Political Science and Politics, the Journal of Policy HistoryAntitrust Law JournalPresidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Supreme Court HistoryAmerican Political Thought and several highly regarded edited volumes.

Milkis is co-director of a new all-university initiative, Project on Democracy and Capitalism, which is exploring the complex relationship between self-government and markets.  In March 2023, the Project convened a conference, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, titled “Can Democracy and Capitalism be Reconciled?” Through an examination of ideas, history, and policy, this conference explored the philosophical dimensions of the relationship between a free-enterprise system and self-government, probed the historical roots of the relationship, and considered policy proposals to buttress and reimagine democratic capitalism itself. A volume drawn from this conference will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024.


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