Megan Mullin is Professor of Environmental Politics at the Nicholas School. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on environmental politics. Current areas of research include the governance and finance of urban water services, public opinion about climate change, and the local politics of climate adaptation. Mullin's work has appeared in Nature, Science, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, among other journals, and she is author of Governing the Tap: Special District Governance and the New Local Politics of Water (MIT Press, 2009). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Carnegie Corporation, the JEHT Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation. 

Mullin is the recipient of five awards from the American Political Science Association and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School. She is a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

School Division

Environmental Sciences & Policy


  • Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley (2005)


Selected Publications