Miriam Golden is the Vice Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. At the undergraduate level she annually teaches PS167D, "Political Institutions and Economic Development," an upper-division course that instructs students how to use multivariate statistics to analyze data using Stata. At the graduate level she teaches seminars on distributive politics and on inequality, while also regularly participating in the three-person faculty team that teaches the two-quarter introductory seminar to comparative politics.

Professor Golden was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University for the 2011-2012 academic year and is an affiliate of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) of the University of California at Berkeley and a member of Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, the Governments of Quebec and Canada, and the U.K.'s Department for International Development.

Professor Golden is currently writing a book on the partisan bases of bad government in rich and poor democracies. The project draws on more than a decade of empirical research into political corruption, political violence, and election fraud in Italy, Ghana, and India. The main question animating the study is how bad government flourishes under competitive electoral conditions even when voters have regular opportunities to eject from public office officials who betray the public trust.

Professor Golden is also starting research into the political structure of rural patronage in South Asia, with a particular interest in how control over water may facilitate vote buying.