Erin Miller is a fourth year graduate student in the Politics Department. Her primary research interests are in contemporary democratic theory, rights theory, American constitutional law, and normative ethics. In her dissertation, Erin explores the values underpinning the freedom of speech, and how the nature and effects of speech change depending on the context in which it is uttered. Currently, she is arguing that "amplified speech," or speech conveyed to large audiences over mass media, does not realize the same self-expressive values as other sorts of speech, and therefore can be regulated according to different standards. Elsewhere, Erin has written about constitutional constraints in criminal law, such as the due process required for imposing "collateral consequences" on criminal offenders and the standards for reviewing mitigating evidence in capital sentencing. She has a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Yale University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School; she is a member of the bar of New York.