Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Miller (’96)
Nathan Miller (’96) was a member of Governor’s School’s second graduating class. He credits the school for creating an atmosphere where “there was a lot of energy about learning,” and recognizes Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Wilkes, and Mr. Woolard in particular for teaching him how to study. “The other thing that stands out is the amount of trust that the teachers placed in the students,” he says. “It felt like a community in which each individual was respected and listened to, and that fed back into the academic environment because if your thoughts matter than you’d better learn how to think!” He also remembers “August cross-country practices with Holdren & Snagg, chess at lunch, going to the ‘VCU library’ during our research class, and that Dr. Ballowe (our first director) somehow knew everybody’s name before school even started.” Nathan is married to another GSGIS grad, Jenny (Dale) Miller (’96).
At GSGIS, Nathan studied economics with Mr. Schreiber, and he continued with the subject at the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA, he took a job as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in DC. “My main responsibility there was supporting the research agendas of two senior economists, and I found the process exciting,” he says. He decided to go back to school for his PhD while at the Fed. “In academia, the ability to identify promising ideas is really important, and the Fed experience really helped me with that.”
Nathan later took a job at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, working mostly on merger evaluations. While he was there, he worked on the approved LiveNation/TicketMaster merger and the blocked AT&T/T-Mobile merger. He found these experiences instructive. “I learned a ton about how to make research relevant to policy/practice, and was able to keep my research agenda moving along just enough to be compelling for an academic institution like Georgetown,” he says. He is now a professor at of Strategy and Economics at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. This school year, he will be teaching Microeconomics in the MBA core and Industrial Organization to the PhD Students.