Mariah Miller

Graduate Student
PhD Cohort 2016


Global Political Economy, Global Governance, Sustainable Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Responsible Investment, Corporate Governance


B.A. in History, Oberlin College, USA. 2001.

M.A. in Corporate Finance and Law, ESADE Business School, Spain. 2012.

M.A. in Global Studies, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Germany, South Africa and India. 2007.


Mariah has been developing an international perspective on the modern world through personal experience since she traveled from the USA to the Soviet Union at the age of ten.  As an adult, she has traveled extensively, including working in China for two years and in Spain for eight.  In addition, Mariah completed higher level studies in history, global studies and corporate finance and law in universities in the USA, Germany, South Africa, India and Spain. She studied with excellent professors from many countries at these leading institutions, which has given her a deep understanding of the process of globalization from different points of view. In addition to her native language, English, she also speaks fluent Spanish, advanced Chinese, and basic German and Catalan.

Mariah has extensive experience with corporate governance and responsible investment having worked for two European proxy voting advisories, Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) and the Expert Corporate Governance Service (ECGS).  Most recently at PIRC, she was Corporate Governance Executive with responsibility for managing the European, Asian and Global report services and developing PIRC’s international shareholder voting guidelines.  Following this, for the past two years, she has been a researcher for ECGS providing analysis of the FTSE 100 and IBEX 35 and an independent consultant.

Mariah has also been a professor at Global Business School Barcelona (GBS), ESERP Business School and the Toulouse Business School. She has taught courses and seminars on international business and society, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and intercultural management.  She was selected as professor of the year at GBS in 2016 for her dedication to the school and the students. 

Mariah has won the following scholarship awards: National Merit Scholarship, ESADE Talent Scholarship, and the Lyman Fund Award.  She is currently honored to be a recipient of the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCSB.


Mariah’s research interests center on the changing relationships between business and society in the context of globalization.  She seeks to understand the complexities and wider implications of this change with a focus on social justice initiatives from within the business world, including sustainable development programs, responsible investment and social entrepreneurship.

Globalization allows entrepreneurs and businesses around the world to connect and develop new networks, models, structures, and legal forms of business that strive to advance the interests, dignity, and well-being of all stakeholders in a sustainable manner.  It also changes the relationships between different business stakeholders, which, in turn, affects both corporate governance and global governance.

In this context, it is essential to evaluate whether these initiatives are effective and to consider how the balance between business, including socially responsible businesses, and government is or can be maintained in order to maintain healthy democracies with reasonable levels of debt. Understanding this process is relevant for businesses, governments, international organizations and civil society responding to the growing social imperative to change the fundamental relationship between business and society.


  • "How relevant is corporate governance and corporate social responsibility in emerging markets?" Sanjay Peters, Mariah Miller, Sophia Kusyk, (2011), Corporate Governance, Vol. 11 Iss: 4, pp. 429 – 445.
  • "Corporate Governance in China: Considerations for Spanish Investors" Mariah Miller, (2010), in López-Tarruella Martínez, Aurelio (ed.) Commerce in China – Business Opportunities, Legal Uncertainties. Tirant lo Blanch.
  • “More Hybrid Than Trendy: Chinese Character Tattoos in Durban” Mariah Miller, (2006), in Kessler, Christl, Gernot Saalmann and Dominique Schirmer (eds.) Hybridising East and West.  LIT- Verlag: Münster.


Teaching Assistant (F'17): GLOBL 110 - Global Culture and Ethics

Teaching Assistant (W'18): GLOBL 130 - Global Economy and Development

Teaching Assistant (S'18): GLOBL 120 - Global Ideologies and World Order