Megan Mullin is the Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She has secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Sanford School of Public Policy. In 2020, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.
Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, with emphasis on environmental politics. Her current research focuses on the governance and finance of urban water services, public opinion about climate change, and the local politics of climate adaptation. She also has published on federalism, election rules and voter turnout, and local and state institutional design. She is part of the leadership team for C-CoAST, a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary initiative to study human-natural interactions in coastal systems.
Mullin’s articles have appeared in Nature, Science, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and other journals in political science, public administration, and planning. She is the recipient of five awards from the American Political Science Association, including the Lynton Keith Caldwell Award for her book, Governing the Tap: Special District Governance and the New Local Politics of Water (MIT Press, 2009). Her research has been funded by NSF, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Carnegie Corporation, the JEHT Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation. She has prepared guidance documents for policy makers and contributed public writings to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other outlets.
Mullin teaches and advises students in the areas of environmental politics, local politics, and water governance in the United States. Prior to coming to Duke, she served on the political science faculty at Temple University. Mullin received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.