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UI political scientist elected to Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur H. Miller, a professor of political science and director of the Iowa Social Science Institute at the University of Iowa, has been elected to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. He is the first American political scientist to be elected to the Society, whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in scholarship.

Membership in the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, which was founded in 1760, is by election only. The total number of members in the Society is set at 340, with 140 members from the humanities and 200 members from the natural sciences. Of the 140 members from the humanities, only 30 may be foreigners. Foreign citizens who are elected to the Society must be acknowledged leaders in their fields and should preferably have connections with Norway through their research.

Miller has conducted research in Norway since the early 1980s and spent academic year 1983-84 at the University of Trondheim in Norway where he was a Fulbright Research Professor. He has published numerous scholarly articles on Norway, and, in collaboration with a Norwegian colleague, Miller is currently completing a book examining how citizens have related to their government during the past four decades in Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

Miller is currently in Norway, where he will be officially inducted into the Society on Jan. 25. He will return to Iowa City on Jan. 28.