Paul R Miller

Paul R Miller

Adjunct Lecturer
International Development


  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Paul R Miller is Senior Policy Advisor at Lutheran World Relief headquarters in Baltimore. In this position, Paul advises LWR executives and manages policy and advocacy initiatives on food security, aid reform, development effectiveness, and other issues. He draws on more than 20 years of experience in relief, development and human rights with government, non-profit organizations and consulting firms.
Early in his career, he worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York and then the USAID Mission in Haiti. When he returned to the United States, he continued his work with the Haitian refugee community in New York.  His overseas service includes stints as country director based in Senegal and Brazil managing a diverse portfolio of humanitarian and development programs, and many evaluations and other short-term assignments, especially in Africa.
His background and experience also includes work on disability rights, civil-military relations, capacity-strengthening, governance and peace-building.  For the last several years he has taught courses on the politics of humanitarian aid at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University where he continues to serve as adjunct faculty.
Mr. Miller holds a BA in history from Brown University and a master's degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
Over the past 2...
Over the past 20 years, the attention given to the humanitarian consequences of conflict has grown considerably, not least due to advances in media technology. These consequences are multiple and transnational: civilian casualties, insecurity and human rights abuses, population displacement and attendant health impacts, food insecurity, damage to traditional political and economic structures—what some have called “development in reverse”. The human toll of these conflicts--sometimes fueled by natural resources such as oil, water, land, diamonds, timber, or poppy-- has placed substantial public pressure on donor governments and aid agencies to respond with ever more rapid and effective assistance. The resulting relief programs in turn carry real political repercussions, locally and internationally. The course examines these political repercussions. It provides a foundation for understanding the context of conflict and humanitarian crises, laying out such components as the nature of conflict, forced migration, humanitarian law, how the international aid community functions, and the use of militaries in humanitarian interventions. It also follows current trends in humanitarian action, tracking the role and use of Western aid agencies, the changes arising from counter terrorism policies, and the dynamics of specific crises.