Megan Mullin

Megan Mullin

Associate Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
Grainger 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 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 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, Smith, MD, and McNamara, DE. "Paying to save the beach: effects of local finance decisions on coastal management." Climatic Change 152.2 (January 30, 2019): 275-289. Full Text

Mullin, M, and Daley, DM. "Multilevel Instruments for Infrastructure Investment: Evaluating State Revolving Funds for Water." Policy Studies Journal 46.3 (August 1, 2018): 629-650. Full Text

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 1, 2017): 752-774. Full Text

Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Climate Change: US Public Opinion." Annual Review of Political Science 20 (May 11, 2017): 209-227. (Review) Full Text

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

Daley, DM, Mullin, M, and Rubado, ME. "State agency discretion in a delegated federal program: Evidence from drinking water investment." Publius 44.4 (October 1, 2014): 564-586. Full Text

Mullin, M. "Contested Water: The Struggle Against Water Privatization in the United States and Canada." REVIEW OF POLICY RESEARCH 31.2 (March 1, 2014): 148-150. (Review) Full Text

Egan, PJ, and Mullin, M. "Psychology: Local weather and climate concern." Nature Climate Change 4.2 (February 1, 2014): 89-90. 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 1, 2012): 882-894. Full Text


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

Selected Grants

Rural Attitudes on Environmental Policy awarded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Collaborator). 2018 to 2019