Edward M. Miller

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Edward McCarthy Miller, Jr. (born September 2, 1944) is an American economist and writer. He is a professor whose writings on race and intelligence have sparked debates on academic freedom.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Miller attended MIT, where he earned bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and economics in 1965, before earning a Ph.D. in economics in 1970. From 1970 to 1972, he was an economist with the United States Department of Transportation.[2] During the Richard Nixon administration, Miller was an economist with the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis, on detail to the White House, from 1972 to 1973.[2] He then served in the Energy Policy Office at the United States Department of Energy from 1973 to 1974. Miller then took a position at the Office of Management and Budget from 1974 to 1976.[2]

Miller was then appointed Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs at Rice University. He was appointed Research Professor of Economics and Finance,[3] at the University of New Orleans in 1984.

Miller began writing about the economics of intelligence before expanding to discuss correlations of race and intelligence, sex and intelligence, and topics related to eugenics.[4]

After Miller wrote to local New Orleans paper Gambit Weekly in 1996 to refute an earlier story about race and intelligence, Miller was subjected to discipline for using his university position to lend unwarranted weight to views outside his professional competence.[5] Among those who came to Miller's defense was Robert D. Chatelle at the National Writers Union.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Miller, Edward M. (2000). "Homosexuality, birth order, and evolution: Toward an equilibrium reproductive economics of homosexuality". Archives of Sexual Behavior. 29 (1): 1–34. doi:10.1023/A:1001836320541. PMID 10763427. S2CID 28241162.
  • Miller EM. Income, Intelligence and Equality: Review of The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability. Mankind Quarterly, Vol. 39 (Spring 1999) No. 3, 337-354
  • Miller EM. A Review and Extension of Why Race Matters. Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Vol. 23 (Fall 1998) No. 3, 360-366.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1994). "Intelligence and brain myelination: A hypothesis". Personality and Individual Differences. 17 (6): 803–832. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(94)90049-3.
  • Miller EM. Race, Socioeconomic Variables, and Intelligence: A Review and Extension of The Bell Curve. Mankind Quarterly, Vol. XXXV, (Spring 1995), No. 3, 267-291.
  • Miller EM. Tracing the Genetic History of Modern Man. Mankind Quarterly, Vol. 35 (Winter 1994) No. 1-2, 71-108.
  • Miller EM. The Evolution of Australian and Amerindian Intelligence. Mankind Quarterly, Vol. 37 (Winter 1996) No. 2, 149-186.
  • Miller EM. A Review of Sexual Strategies: How Females Chose Their Mates. European Sociobiological Society Newsletter, No. 41, April 1996, 11-17.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1997). "Could nonshared environmental variance have evolved to assure diversification through randomness?". Evolution and Human Behavior. 18 (3): 195–221. doi:10.1016/S1090-5138(96)00117-1.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1995). "Environmental variability selects for large families only in special circumstances: Another objection to differential K theory". Personality and Individual Differences. 19 (6): 903–918. doi:10.1016/S0191-8869(95)00126-3.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1995). "Reported Myopia in Opposite Sex Twins: A Hormonal Hypothesis". Optometry and Vision Science. 72 (1): 34–36. doi:10.1097/00006324-199501000-00007. PMID 7731654.
  • Miller EM. The Relevance of Group Membership for Personnel Selection: A Demonstration Using Bayes Theorem. Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Vol. 19 (Fall 1994) No. 3, 323-359.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1994). "Prenatal sex hormone transfer: A reason to study opposite-sex twins". Personality and Individual Differences. 17 (4): 511–529. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(94)90088-4.
  • Miller EM. Optimal Adjustment of Mating Effort to Environmental Conditions: A Critique of Chisholm's Application of Life History Theory, with Comments on Race Differences in Male Paternal Investment Strategies. Mankind Quarterly, XXXIV (Summer 1994) No. 4, 297-316.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1994). "Paternal provisioning versus mate seeking in human populations". Personality and Individual Differences. 17 (2): 227–255. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(94)90029-9.
  • Miller, Edward M. (1993). "Could r selection account for the African personality and life cycle?". Personality and Individual Differences. 15 (6): 665–675. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(93)90008-Q.
  • Miller EM. On the Correlation of Myopia and Intelligence. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, Vol. 118, (November 1992) No. 4, pp. 363–383.
  • Miller EM. The g Factor: The Book and the Controversy. The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Vol. 21, (Summer 1996) No. 2, 221-232.
  • Miller EM. Climate and Intelligence. Mankind Quarterly, Vol. XXXII (Fall/Winter 1991) No. 1-2, pp. 127–132.
  • Miller EM. BackFire: Review and Extension. The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Vol. 21, (Winter 1996) No. 4.


  1. ^ DelFattore, Joan (2010). Knowledge in the Making: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in America's Schools and Universities. Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-11181-1
  2. ^ a b c "Energy Policy Office Papers, White House Central Files, 1973-1974". Online Archive of California. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Edward Miller". Department of Economics and Finance Faculty. University of New Orleans. Archived from the original on 30 August 2003.
  4. ^ Ba-Nikongo, Nikongo (1997). Leading issues in African-American studies. Carolina Academic Press, ISBN 978-0-89089-669-3
  5. ^ Editorial Staff (December 31, 1996). News and Views: Professor Edward M. Miller; The Newest Member of the "Academy of Academic Affronts to Black People." The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
  6. ^ Kors, Alan Charles; Silverglate, Harvey (1999). The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-0-684-86749-6