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.