Megan Mullin

Megan Mullin

Associate Professor of Environmental Politics

Megan Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on how political and social processes contribute to environmental outcomes. She has a secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her main areas of research are in decentralized governance, water management, and climate change politics. Her work has appeared in Nature, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, among other journals, and she is author of Governing the Tap: Special District Governance and the New Local Politics of Water (MIT Press, 2009), which won the Lynton Keith Caldwell Award for the best book in environmental politics and policy. Before coming to Duke, Mullin served on the faculty at Temple University. 

In The News


Mullin, M, and Rubado, ME. "Local Response to Water Crisis: Explaining Variation in Usage Restrictions During a Texas Drought." Urban Affairs Review 53, no. 4 (July 2017): 752-774.
Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Climate Change: US Public Opinion." Annual Review of Political Science 20, no. 1 (May 11, 2017): 209-227.
Mullin, M, and Hughes, S. "Local Water Politics." In The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy,edited by K Conca and E Weinthal. 2016.
Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Recent improvement and projected worsening of weather in the United States." Nature 532 (January 2016): 357-360.
Mullin, M. "Local Boundaries." In The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government,edited by DP Haider-Markel. Oxford University Press, April 2014. (Chapter)


ENVIRON 577: Environmental Politics (ENVIRON 577: Environmental Politics)
ENVIRON 684: Politics of the Urbanized Environment (ENVIRON 684: Politics of the Urbanized Environment)

area(s) of expertise

Advisor: UPEP Doctoral Program

Contact Information

Box 90328, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
Environment Hall 4118, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (2005)

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