Megan Mullin

Megan Mullin

Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

External Address: 
Environment Hall 4118, Duke University, 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 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. 


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

Mullin, M, and Hughes, S. "Local Water Politics." The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy. Ed. K Conca and E Weinthal. 2016.

Mullin, M. "Local Boundaries." The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Ed. DP Haider-Markel. Oxford University Press, April 2014. (Chapter)

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. December 1, 2010. 121-138.

Mullin, M. "Special districts versus contracts: Complements or substitutes?." Self-Organizing Federalism: Collaborative Mechanisms to Mitigate Institutional Collective Action Dilemmas. January 1, 2009. 142-160. Full Text

Mullin, M. "Federalism." Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversies. Ed. N Persily, J Citrin, and PJ Egan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (Chapter)

Mullin, M. "California Water: A Case Study in Federalism." Governing California. University of California Inst of, January 1, 2006. (Chapter)

Mullin, M. "Strategies and Rules: Lessons from the 2000 Presidential Primary." Voting at the Political Fault Line. Ed. BE Cain and ER Gerber. Univ of California Press, 2002. (Chapter)

Cain, BE, and Mullin, M. "Competing for Attention and Votes: The Role of State Parties in Setting Presidential Nomination Rules." The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2002. (Chapter)

Mullin, M, and Rubado, ME. "Local Response to Water Crisis: Explaining Variation in Usage Restrictions During a Texas Drought." Urban Affairs Review 53.4 (July 2017): 752-774. Full Text

Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Climate Change: US Public Opinion." Annual Review of Political Science 20.1 (May 11, 2017): 209-227. Full Text

Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Recent improvement and projected worsening of weather in the United States." Nature 532 (January 2016): 357-360.

Mullin, M. "Contested Water: The Struggle Against Water Privatization in the United States and Canada." REVIEW OF POLICY RESEARCH 31.2 (March 2014): 148-150. Full Text

Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Psychology: Local weather and climate concern." Nature Climate Change 4.2 (January 29, 2014): 89-90. Full Text

Daley, DM, Mullin, M, and Rubado, ME. "State Agency Discretion in a Delegated Federal Program: Evidence from Drinking Water Investment." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44.4 (2014): 564-586. Full Text

Arceneaux, K, Kousser, T, and Mullin, M. "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 65.4 (December 2012): 882-894. Full Text

Mullin, M. "Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management." PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS 9.1 (March 2011): 103-104. Full Text


Mullin, M. "Federalism." (October 3, 2011). (Chapter) Full Text