Democracy and Governance Studies encompasses the Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE) program and the Miller Center National Fellowship. It examines the intersection and historical roots of contemporary American foreign policy and domestic politics. This groundbreaking initiative integrates the American Political Development and America in the World programs.
Presidential Studies is comprised of the Miller Center Presidential Oral History Program and the Presidential Recordings Program.
The Miller Center's Oral History Program conducts the sole program in the country which has assiduously collected the oral histories of each presidential administration since Jimmy Carter's, interviewing scores of officials in each administration. The Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program is the sole conductor of transcription and annotation of the secret White House recordings made by Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon during the critical "hinge years" in the life of the nation between 1961 and 1974. These tapes provide a stunning window into the humanity and dynamic tensions, as well as the day-in-and-day-out routine, of the modern presidency.
The Miller Center has been a central gathering place for nonpartisan public discussion since its founding more than 30 years ago. It has held almost 2,000 forums in total, as well as regular public conferences, and three seasons of a National Discussion and Debate Series.
The chief thrust of the Policy Programs section of the Miller Center is the convening of national commissions. In 2007, the Center empanelled the National War Powers Commission, co-chaired by James A. Baker, III and Warren Christopher, to examine and make lasting recommendations concerning the war powers of the President and Congress, a subject of perennial importance. The Miller Center has conducted nine national commissions during the past quarter century.
- The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, following Jefferson's vision of the University's public service mission, is a leading public policy institution that serves as a national meeting place where engaged citizens, scholars, students, media representatives and government officials gather in a spirit of nonpartisan consensus to research, reflect and report on issues of national importance to the governance of the United States, with special attention to the central role and history of the presidency.
- —Miller Center Mission