Sidney Milkis

White Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs

Fast Facts

  • Author of Rivalry and Reform
  • White Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs
  • Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor


Areas Of Expertise

  • Social Issues
  • Governance
  • Elections
  • Founding and Shaping of the Nation
  • Political Parties and Movements
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Sidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Governance and Foreign Affairs, Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor, and professor of politics. His research focuses on the American presidency, political parties and elections, social movements, and American political development. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and participates in programs for international scholars and high school teachers that probe the deep historical roots of contemporary developments in the United States. 

Milkis has a BA degree from Muhlenberg College and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sidney Milkis News Feed

As we close in on an historic 2020 election, this two-part program begins with an analysis of the state of the current presidential race and then turns to history for an examination of past presidential elections held during times of crisis.
Sidney Milkis Miller Center Presents
“This clearly has a great deal to do with the economic hardship. How could it not? This is the worst hardship disaster we’ve had since the Great Depression,” Sidney Milkis, a political science professor at the University of Virginia who studies social movements in politics, said of the motivation for the protests. “But the protests, I think, go beyond economic necessity.”
Sidney Milkis Deseret News
The House impeachment and Senate trial of President Trump—only the third episode of its kind in American history—raise a number of fascinating and troubling questions about American democracy. Did the Trump administration’s actions warrant Congress’ use of this rarely invoked constitutional authority? Did the hope of many scholars and pundits that impeachment would educate the American people about the dangers of executive power disintegrate into partisan theater? How did the Trump impeachment compare with the impeachment investigations of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton? How will the impeachment and acquittal of Trump affect his and future presidents' exercise of executive power? How will the Trump impeachment—the first to charge a president running for reelection—affect the 2020 election?  
Sidney Milkis Miller Center Presents
Sidney Milkis and Daniel Tichenor rightly note that the study of movements and politics sometimes falls between disciplinary and subdisciplinary cracks in sociology and political science. Their most welcome book is a powerful argument to jump the cracks and focus on interactions between movements and more conventional institutional politics, particularly the presidency. Reading broadly in social movement theory, and deeply in the cases they present, the authors have opened a wide area of inquiry and provided a substantial first step that is sure to inspire and inform a new generation of scholars.
Sidney Milkis American Politics
While both presidents are demagogues who faced impeachment, today’s political reality means that Trump can do more damage.
Sidney Milkis and Daniel Tichenor
Scholars and journalists have pored over Theodore Roosevelt for so long, it is difficult to imagine a contemporary author revealing anything novel about his life and times. Clay Risen’s “The Crowded Hour” takes on the challenge.
Sidney Milkis The Washington Post