Daniel Miller

Ph.D. 2019
Daniel Miller

Dissertation Project

Strategic Loans, Strategic Goals: Chinese Foreign Development Investment in Central and South Asia

Professional Background

Nonprofits and Consulting


Case-Based Research, Financial Analysis and Quantitative Data Management



A native of the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Dan Miller is a graduate of Guilford College as well as the MA program at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His current dissertation research is focused on the strategic value of Chinese foreign loans, grants and aid. He is particularly interested in how the People’s Republic of China funds renewable energy and infrastructure development projects, and what the regulatory ramifications of this funding are on developing states. Dan is a past recipient of the Bonderman Travel Fellowship from the University of Washington where he explored first hand traditional styles of folk wrestling in over a dozen different countries ranging from Tahiti to Switzerland. He is a former intern at the National Bureau of Asian Research and a Slade Gorton Global Leadership Fellow. He is also the past recipient of the Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington and a 2016 George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research Summer Fellowship. Currently he is the Development Finance Fellow at Steelhead Global Advisors in Seattle, Washington.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Mellon Predoctoral Fellow, JSIS, University of Washington, 2015-2016.
  • Slade Gorton Global Leaders Program Participant, 2015-2016.
  • Bonderman Travel Fellow, University of Washington, 2014.
  • FLAS Fellow, Chinese Language, Three time Recipient, 2012-2013.

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation