Megan Mullin is Associate Professor of Environmental Politics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, with secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Sanford School of Public Policy. She currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP).
Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, with emphasis on environmental politics. She studies the intersection between environmental conditions and political decision making. 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 the institutional settings for political leadership.
Mullin’s articles have appeared in journals including Nature, Science, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 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). She has prepared guidance documents for policy makers and contributed public writings to the New York Times and other outlets.
Mullin teaches and advises students in the areas of environmental politics, local politics, and water governance in the United States. Before coming to Duke, she served on the political science faculty at Temple University.