Megan Mullin

Megan Mullin

Associate Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
Grainger Hall 4118, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90328, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-1174

Megan Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on environmental politics. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Sanford School of Public Policy and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP). Her work has appeared in Nature, 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).


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2005

Mullin, M., and S. Hughes. “Local Water Politics.” The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy, edited by K. Conca and E. Weinthal, 2016.

Mullin, M. “Local Boundaries.” The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government, edited by Donald P. Haider-Markel, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Mullin, M. “Oakland: The power of celebrity? Explaining strong-mayor charter reform.” More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America’s Large Cities, 2010, pp. 121–38.

Mullin, M. “Special districts versus contracts: Complements or substitutes?.” Self-Organizing Federalism: Collaborative Mechanisms to Mitigate Institutional Collective Action Dilemmas, 2009, pp. 142–60. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511642319.008. Full Text

Mullin, M. “Federalism.” Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversies, edited by N. Persily et al., Oxford University Press, 2008.

Mullin, M. “California Water: A Case Study in Federalism.” Governing California, University of California Inst of, 2006.

Mullin, M. “Strategies and Rules: Lessons from the 2000 Presidential Primary.” Voting at the Political Fault Line, edited by Bruce E. Cain and Elisabeth R. Gerber, Univ of California Press, 2002.

Cain, B. E., and M. Mullin. “Competing for Attention and Votes: The Role of State Parties in Setting Presidential Nomination Rules.” The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns, Westview Press, 2002.

Mullin, M., et al. “Paying to save the beach: effects of local finance decisions on coastal management.” Climatic Change, vol. 152, no. 2, Jan. 2019, pp. 275–89. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10584-018-2191-5. Full Text

Mullin, M., and D. M. Daley. “Multilevel Instruments for Infrastructure Investment: Evaluating State Revolving Funds for Water.” Policy Studies Journal, vol. 46, no. 3, Aug. 2018, pp. 629–50. Scopus, doi:10.1111/psj.12228. Full Text

Mullin, M., and M. E. Rubado. “Local Response to Water Crisis: Explaining Variation in Usage Restrictions During a Texas Drought.” Urban Affairs Review, vol. 53, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 752–74. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1078087416657199. Full Text

Egan, P. J., and M. Mullin. “Climate Change: US Public Opinion.” Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 20, May 2017, pp. 209–27. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev-polisci-051215-022857. Full Text

Egan, P. J., and M. Mullin. “Recent improvement and projected worsening of weather in the United States..” Nature, vol. 532, Jan. 2016, pp. 357–60.

Daley, D. M., et al. “State agency discretion in a delegated federal program: Evidence from drinking water investment.” Publius, vol. 44, no. 4, Oct. 2014, pp. 564–86. Scopus, doi:10.1093/publius/pjt033. Full Text

Egan, P. J., and M. Mullin. “Psychology: Local weather and climate concern.” Nature Climate Change, vol. 4, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 89–90. Scopus, doi:10.1038/nclimate2104. Full Text

Arceneaux, K., et al. “Get Out the Vote-by-Mail? A Randomized Field Experiment Testing the Effect of Mobilization in Traditional and Vote-by-Mail Precincts.” Political Research Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 4, Dec. 2012, pp. 882–94. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1065912911421013. Full Text

Egan, P. J., and M. Mullin. “Turning personal experience into political attitudes: The effect of local weather on Americans' perceptions about global warming.” Journal of Politics, vol. 74, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 796–809. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0022381612000448. Full Text


Mullin, M. Federalism. 3 Oct. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329414.003.0010. Full Text