Sidney Milkis

Sidney MilkisSidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor and the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Politics and a Faculty Associate at the Miller Center. In 2016-2017, he was 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, 1776-2018 (2019), 8th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson; Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (2009); and Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements and the Transformation of American Politics (2018). He is the co-editor, with Jerome Mileur, of thee 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 History, and several edited volumes. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on the historical roots of contemporary developments in American Politics.

Sidney Milkis discusses his new book, “Rivalry and Reform” at the Miller Center.


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