Michelle Miller-Adams

Miller-Adams’s work at the Upjohn Institute focuses on the national movement to create tuition-free college programs within local communities and states. She is the author of the first comprehensive book on the Kalamazoo Promise, The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo (2009), and a WEfocus book on Promise programs more generally, Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place-Based Scholarships (2015). She speaks with local and national media on the topic of tuition-free college and consults with policymakers and community stakeholders engaged in establishing similar programs.

Miller-Adams is co-director of the Institute's place-based research initiative that explores strategies for creating broadly shared prosperity within communities facing economic challenges. She is also co-project director of a Strada Education Foundation grant to study the workforce outcomes of Promise programs. In addition to her role at the Institute, Miller-Adams is a professor of political science at Grand Valley State University.

Research Highlights

Retraining Workers in the Post-COVID-19 Economy

April 17, 2020 · Research Highlight

Upjohn Institute report offers ideas to help communities build broadly-shared prosperity

March 14, 2019 · Research Highlight
Report outlines strategies that small and medium-sized cities, along with rural areas, can follow to create jobs for their residents

Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place-Based Scholarships

November 11, 2015 · Research Highlight
Miller-Adams describes how the various "Promise-type" place-based scholarship programs impact college access, financial aid, and community transformation.

Mapping the Promise Nation and its impact

November 3, 2015 · Research Highlight