The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between students and faculty. In their research on state and local government, students and faculty work side by side. Students receive guidance and instruction from professors, fellows, and research associates experienced in the operations of both the public and private sectors. The senior staff works closely with Rose Institute student researchers on a number of projects. While every student has experience working with faculty members and senior staff on an individual basis, the Rose Institute student staff is overseen by senior student managers.
Kenneth P. Miller, Director
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Dr. Ken Miller (B.A. Pomona College, J.D. Harvard Law School, Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley) is Don H. and Edessa Rose Professor of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. He became director of the Rose Institute on July 1, 2021, having served as associate director from 2009 to June 2021. He has served as a member of CMC’s Government faculty since 2003. Dr. Miller’s research focuses on state government institutions, with an emphasis on direct democracy and the interaction between law and politics. His publications include Texas vs. California: A History of Their Struggle for the Future of America (Oxford University Press, 2020), Direct Democracy and the Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and co-edited volumes Parchment Barriers: Political Polarization and the Limits of Constitutional Order (University Press of Kansas, 2018) and The New Political Geography of California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008). Dr. Miller was the Ann and Herbert Vaughan Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University (2011-2012) and a visiting scholar at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (2017-2018). At the Rose Institute, he has worked with students on numerous research projects, including the biennial Video Voter Guide project and the 24-state Miller-Rose Institute Initiative Database.
Bipasa Nadon, Assistant Director for Research and Publications
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Bipasa Nadon (BA University of Chicago, JD University of Chicago) has been the Assistant Director for Research and Publications since 2011. In her previous life, she practiced corporate law at Hale and Dorr, LLP in Boston, specializing in technology licensing. Prior to that, she was an assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago, where she developed policy in the areas of housing, aviation planning, personnel, and legislative affairs. Mrs. Nadon also has international experience. She was the director of local government programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Ukraine and served as an international observer for Ukraine’s first parliamentary elections.
Marionette S. Moore, Administrative Assistant
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Marionette Sison Moore (B.A. University of the Philippines) joined the staff of the Rose Institute in February of 1997, assisting the Institute’s directorial staff and providing supervision of student research assistants. Working at the Rose Institute for more than 20 years, Mrs. Moore has acquired skills in publications, website management, and remains a steady contact for students on and off-campus. She lends support to the research needs of the Institute with her broad background in the area of survey research and knowledge of computerized data management.