Jon D. Miller

Jon D. Miller

Director, International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, and Research Scientist, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

August 28, 2014

Jon Miller is a Research Scientist at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Miller has measured the public understanding of science and technology in the United States for the last three decades, and has examined the factors associated with the development of attitudes toward science and science policy. He directed biennial national surveys for the National Science Board for 20 years, the results of which were reported in Science and Engineering Indicators. He has pioneered the definition and measurement of scientific literacy and his approach to the public understanding of science has been replicated in more than 40 countries. He continues to conduct studies of the public perception of science in the United States and other nations.

Dr. Miller is the Director of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY), located in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The LSAY began in 1987 with national samples of 7th and 10th grade public school students and has followed these students for more than two decades. The LSAY database is one of the longest longitudinal studies of students and young adults in the United States.

Dr. Miller has published four books: Citizenship in an Age of Science (Pergamon Press, 1980), The American People and Science Policy (Pergamon Press, 1983), Public Perceptions of Science and Technology: A Comparative Study of the European Union, the United States, Japan, and Canada (Foundation BBV, Madrid, 1997), and Biomedical Communications: Purposes, Audiences, and Strategies (Academic Press, 2001). He has also published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Public Understanding of Science.

Dr. Miller has a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

Role: Panel Member
Report: Science Culture: Where Canada Stands (August 2014)