In 2007, Sara Miller McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California, to provide journalists and media professionals with the tools to properly disseminate research-based knowledge to influential audiences in the U.S. and abroad. As a private operating foundation, the Miller-McCune Center strives to not just inform, but also to promote meaningful dialogue by reporting, in clear and concise language, the latest and most relevant scientific research and innovations shaping the issues of the day. Today, using print and online resources, internships, and direct outreach to the scholarly community, the Center’s goal is to tap into existing social and behavioral research to inform and promote forward-thinking actions in public policy. To that end, the Center supports the following programs:


True to the mission of the Miller-McCune Center, the award-winning Pacific Standard magazine and companion website,, reaches nearly 1,000,000 readers each month with evocative research-based articles featuring the best of the social sciences. From the brain to the ballot box, from Facebook to foreign affairs, Pacific Standard tackles the world’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by exploring why we do what we do.


In an effort to help active researchers share their work with broader audiences in the public and policy arenas, the Center partners with organizations such as COMPASS and the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication & Policy Development, as well as two Stanford University-based initiatives, the Aldo Leonard Leadership Program and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, to bring media resources, content, and expertise to private and public events.


The Center offers hands-on internships and fellowships to talented and eager journalism and policy students from around the world at its base in Santa Barbara, California. More than 14 people have come through the program since its inception in 2008.


In 2014, Pacific Standard launched a series of public events with journalists, policy experts, and social scientists to present some of our biggest stories and examine why finding solutions will take more than intellectual energy and policies to move the dial.