Dreier Staff

EricEric Helland
is the William F. Podlich Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, Co-Director of the Dreier Roundtable and an economist at RAND’s Institute for Civil Justice. He is the author of more than 50 books and articles on topics in law and economics, ranging from bounty hunters to judicial elections. His current research focuses on pharmaceutical and patent litigation, securities litigation, auto safety and medical malpractice. He has recently completed a study of the impact of judicial pay on judicial retention, published in the Stanford Law Review, and another study on the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, which was the subject of Congressional testimony in 2011. In 2002-03, he was a visiting fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. In 2003-04, he served as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers. In 2008, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles, and in 20011-12, a visiting scholar at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC. He is a co-editor of the International Review of Law and Economics. In 2012, he became Senior Advisor, Law and Economics at Praedicat, Inc. He holds a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.

Kenneth P. Miller is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and Co-Director of the Dreier Roundtable.  He also serves as associate director of CMC’s Rose Institute of State and Local Government. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, law degree from Harvard Law School, and doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. Before his academic career, he worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman David Dreier, and in the Sacramento office of California State Sen. Rebecca Q. Morgan. He also practiced law with Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where he specialized in civil litigation, administrative law and legislative advocacy. His research interests include constitutional law, direct democracy and California politics. He is the author of Direct Democracy and the Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and co-editor of The New Political Geography of California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008). His most recent law review article analyzes state constitutional rights, and he is currently writing a book on the California Supreme Court. He has offered political analysis through various media outlets, including BBC World Service Radio, NPR, Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2011-12, he was the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Zachary Courser is the Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable and a visiting assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He has published articles on the connection between political parties and democratic participation, and is a contributor and editor of the forthcoming volume Parchment Barriers: Political Polarization and the Limits of Constitutional Order. The result of a year-long, multi-disciplinary research project organized by the Roundtable, Parchment Barriers seeks to understand the dynamics of polarization through an examination of conflicts over the American constitutional order.

Prof. Courser has taught political science courses at a number of institutions, including the University of Virginia, Claremont McKenna College, Boston College and Washington and Lee University. In fall 2016, together with Prof. Eric Helland, Prof. Courser established Policy Lab, an innovative new undergraduate course focused on public policy analysis of real world problems in coordination with a DC think tank. He also has taught and researched internationally at Sciences Po Lyon in France, and worked as a senior program director and fellow for the Legatum Institute in London. At Legatum, he served as the executive director of the Wellbeing commission, chaired by former Cabinet Secretary for the United Kingdom Lord Gus O’Donnell. Commission members included Nobel Prize winning economist Angus Deaton.

He has experience working in Washington, DC, both on Capitol Hill and as the interim director of Claremont McKenna College’s Washington Program. He is a regular political commentator on NPR affiliate KPCC’s AirTalk program in Los Angeles, and frequently gives talks on American politics.

He holds a master’s and doctoral degree in government from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s in government from Claremont McKenna College. He also holds a diplôme universitaire d’études françaises from the Université Lumière Lyon 2, Centre International d’Études Françaises.