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Sidney M. Milkis

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
253 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Sidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor of the Department of Politics and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center. 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, 1776-2011 (2011), 6th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson; and Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (2009). 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 Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, PS: Political Science and Politics, the Journal of Policy History, Antitrust Law Journal, Presidential Studies Quarterly and several edited volumes. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and participates in programs that teach the political history of the United States to international scholars and high school teachers.

Can Democracy and Capitalism Be Reconciled?
Source: The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
December 25, 2021 – June 24, 2023
PLAP 3310: American Presidency
Credits: 3
Examines the power, purposes, and problematics of the presidency as a role of national leadership in the American and political constitutional system. While the emphasis is on the modern presidency (1933-present), attention is given to its historical development. Prerequisite: Two courses in PLAP, or instructor permission.
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see
PLAP 4990: Honors Core Seminar in American Politics
Credits: 9
A critical analysis of important issues and works in American politics from diverse perspectives. Students are required to write weekly analytical essays and actively participate in small seminar discussions on issues including: the founding, parties and elections, public policy, federalism, the presidency, Congress, and the judicial system. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program.
PLAD 4990: Honors Proseminar on Research Design and Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
A critical analysis of important issues in political analysis and research design from diverse perspectives. Issues include: framing research questions, causal analysis, rational choice, comparative historical institutionalism, interpretivism, case studies, and quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program
PLPT 4999: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
Supervised work on a thesis in political theory for especially motivated students. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLPT and instructor permission.
PLCP 4999: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
Supervised work on a thesis in comparative politics for especially motivated students. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLCP and instructor permission.
PLIR 4999: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
Allows especially motivated students to receive credit for supervised work on a thesis in the area of international relations. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLIR and instructor permission.
PLAP 4999: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
Supervised work on a thesis in American politics for especially motivated students. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLAP and instructor permission.
PLAD 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Readings and writings from various disciplines relating to Political Science.
PLAP 5993: Selected Problems in American Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLAP 7000: American Politics Core Seminar
Credits: 3
This graduate core seminar is an introduction to the main topics in the study of American politics, including behavior, institutions, and American political development
PLAP 7500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in American politics.
PLAP 8210: The American Presidency
Credits: 3
Readings and research on special problems of the American political and administrative system that come to a focus in the presidency or arise out of the manifold responsibilities of the president.