David I. Miller

Senior Researcher

David Miller is a senior researcher at AIR, where he conducts and leads research on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, especially with regards to broadening participation in STEM fields. Dr. Miller currently serves as principal investigator on a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) resource center to support NSF's Education and Human Resources Core Research program. He also currently serves as principal investigator on three NSF meta-analysis projects on children's gender stereotypes about STEM abilities, interventions to improve undergraduates' STEM motivation and retention, and gender bias in STEM postsecondary and workforce contexts. He is also a co-founder of the Methods of Synthesis and Integration Center (MOSAIC), an inter-disciplinary collection of research synthesis projects conducted at AIR.

His research has been published in leading academic journals such as American Psychologist, Child Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Mass media has covered this work in international outlets such as BBC News, CNN, NatureScienceThe Atlantic, and the Washington Post. In addition, Dr. Miller has written popular press articles appearing in outlets such as Business InsiderHuffington Post, Scientific American, and U.S. News.

Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Miller earned his doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University where he analyzed nationally representative longitudinal datasets to study transitions into and out of STEM. His extensive quantitative training includes a bachelor’s in mathematical physics at Harvey Mudd College, a fellowship through University of Chicago’s Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, and several graduate courses and workshops in advanced statistical methods. During graduate school, he was also an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.


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Ph.D., Psychology, Northwestern University; B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College