Ben Miller

Former Higher Education Research Director, Education Policy Program

Ben Miller was the higher education research director at New America, where he provided research and analysis on policies related to postsecondary education. He is currently the senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress.

Previously, Miller was a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education. While there he helped develop policy proposals for the president’s annual budget request to Congress related to higher education completion, cost, innovation, quality, and student financial aid. He also worked on regulatory issues related to gainful employment, as well as managing a portfolio of programs that included GEAR UP, TRIO, the Title III and V institutional programs, and the Investing in Innovation Program. Prior to the Department of Education, Miller served as a policy analyst at Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank, where he wrote on issues such as gainful employment, the use of technology to improve student learning and reduce costs, and graduation rates. He also previously worked at the New America Foundation as a program associate. Miller’s work has appeared in or been cited by the Washington Monthly, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, and Houston Chronicle, among other outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Brown University.