Matthew R. Miles is a professor of political science at BYU–Idaho. Miles’ cross-national research on the how institutional arrangements combine with individual traits to explain how people interact with their political systems has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books. He received an MA in Russian/East European Studies and a PhD in political science from the University of Kansas. After serving a mission in Donetsk, Ukraine (1995–97), he and his wife returned in 2002 to adopt their oldest child. In 2009, they adopted two more children from Astrakhan, Russia. After the decision of the local court was appealed to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Miles appeared to successfully plead that the Supreme Court uphold the local court opinion and allow his boys to join their family.