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Dr. Whitney McIntyre Miller

Associate Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Peace Leadership; Community Development; Postconflict Societies; Student Philanthropy
Office Location: Reeves Hall 210
Phone: 714-744-2134
University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Arts
University of Pittsburgh, Master of Science
University of Pittsburgh, Master of Social Work
University of San Diego, Ph.D.


Whitney McIntyre Miller joined the Graduate Leadership Programs faculty in the Attallah College of Educational Studies as an Assistant Professor in August 2014.  Prior to coming to Chapman University, she was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.  She received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and holds master's degrees in International Development and Social Work, as well as a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. McIntyre Miller centers her research around peace leadership and issues of community development and leadership, with a particular focus on postconflict societies.  She teaches Ph.D. courses on Leading from Within, Global Leadership, and Grounded Theory and master's courses on Leading for Emerging Social Issues and Leadership in Popular Culture.  Dr. McIntyre Miller has researched and worked in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina and has also lived in Russia.  She has traveled to more than 40 countries for work, study, and leisure. 

She has also worked in the areas of international development, refugee return and resettlement, nonviolence, elections monitoring, and community development.  Dr. McIntyre Miller takes an active role in international education and global study and has led several study abroad programs and is an active alumna with the Institute of Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea program.  Dr. McIntyre Miller is a member of the International Leadership Association (and is a co-convener of its Peace Leadership Affinity Group), the Community Development Society (and is the co-chair of its International Committee), and the Peace and Justice Studies Association.


Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

McIntyre Miller, W., & Alomair, M. (2019). Peace leadership for sustainable change: Lessons from Women PeaceMakers. In H. E. Schockman, V. A. Hernández Soto and A. Boitano de Moras (Eds.) Peace, reconciliation and social justice in the 21st Century: The role of leaders and followers (pp. 227-244). Bingley, England: Emerald Group.
McIntyre Miller, W. (2019). Through community eyes: The role of international organizations in postconflict community development in Sierra Leone. Journal of Community Practice, 27, 60-77.
McIntyre Miller, W. and Wundah, M. (2018). Integral peace leadership: The case of Christiana Thorpe of Sierra Leone. S. Byrne and S. Alamas (Eds). Peace leadership: The quest for connectedness. Routledge.
McIntyre Miller, W. and Grogan, M. (2017). Aung San Suu Kyi: A leadership journey toward peace and democracy In T. Normore and J. Brooks’ Leadership Lessons: Great Thinkers on Equity, Justice and Education. Teachers College Press.
Olberding, J. C., & McIntyre Miller, W. (2017). Building community together: A study of inter-neighborhood collaboration and development in Cincinnati, Ohio. Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, 49, 175-190.
McDonald, D., McIntyre Miller, W. & McDougle, L. (2017). Connecting through giving: Understanding the impact of the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 7(2) p. 110-122
Olberding, J. and McIntyre Miller, W. (2016). Grassroots community development as special events. In J. Olberding (Eds) Special Events as Social Entrepreneurship. (pp. 145-159). New York, NY: Routledge.
McDougle, L., McDonald, D., Li, H., McIntyre Miller, W., and Xu, C. (2016). Can philanthropy be taught? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. p. 1-22
McIntyre Miller, W. (2016). Toward a Scholarship of Peace Leadership. International Journal of Public Leadership. 12(3) p. 216-226.
McIntyre Miller, W. (2015). Moving forward in Sierra Leone: Community-based factors for postconflict development. In B. Hales, N. Walzer, and J. Calvin Innovative Community Responses to Disaster. Routledge.
McIntyre Miller, W. (2015). Leadership. In P. Lachapelle (Author) Perspectives and current issues. In R. Phillips and R.H. Fittman (Eds.) An introduction to community development (2nd ed.). (363-374). New York, NY: Routledge.
McIntyre Miller, W. (2015, June). Peace leadership theories for community leadership. Vanguard- Community Development Society Newsletter.
McIntyre Miller, W. (2014, April). Emerging Leadership Theories for Community Leadership. Vangaurd- Community Development Society Newsletter.
Reilly, S. and McIntyre Miller, W. (2012). Petitioners as a reflection of their community. In S. Reilly and R. Yonk (Eds.) Direct Democracy in the United States: Petitioners as a Reflection of Society (pp. 80-101).