Alton Miller

Professional Title: 
Associate Professor of Public Relations Studies
Columbia College Chicago

Alton Miller is Associate Professor of Public Relations Studies at Columbia College Chicago, where he has served as Principal Investigator for a $1.5 million "Crisis Communications Research Project," studying the potential for social media in crisis prevention and response. He was press secretary and speechwriter to Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, and his memoir of Council Wars was a Chicago bestseller. Subsequently he worked as a community organizer for United Auto Workers in its contract dispute with Caterpillar, and authored a handbook for non-profit advocacy, "Democracy in Action," for the Illinois Arts Alliance. Currently among the courses he has created at Columbia College is "50 Years of Civil Rights in Chicago," bringing to a new generation the lessons learned since Martin Luther King brought his "Northern Campaign" to our city.

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