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Mullin’s 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 research articles have appeared in journals including NatureAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal 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.