Kerri Milita

Assistant Professor

Illinois State University

kmilita@ilstu.edu

My CV is available here.

About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Politics & Government at Illinois State University. I study direct democracy, electoral campaigns, and public policy.

I'm interested in the relationship between state legislatures and the initiative process. Why do certain states opt to restrict public access to the initiative while others make the process relatively accessible? Moreover, why do legislatures often pass the buck to the public by proposing ballot measures themselves?

I also study candidate position-taking strategies. What factors determine whether candidates speak clearly or ambiguously on key issues of the day? How does a candidate's policy rhetoric influence public perceptions and preferences?