Daniel J. Mallinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs
Professor-in-Charge, Masters in Public Administration
Olmsted, W160

Daniel Mallinson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise lies in state and local politics and policy, with his main research focus examining policy process theories (principally policy diffusion) using the U.S. states. Additional interests include cannabis policy, energy policy, and the science of teaching and learning. He is particularly interested in Pennsylvania State politics and has experience as an Information Specialist for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and a Program Analyst for the Office of Inspector General in Philadelphia (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). He has published in a variety of journals, including Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Policy & Politics, Review of Policy Research, Evidence & Policy, Policy Design & Practice, American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, State & Local Government Review, and Journal of Political Science Education. He received the Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State University and the Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award from the American Political Science Association.

  • Policy diffusion
  • Political behavior
  • Public policies (including environment, energy, and health)
  • Research methods

Ph.D. Political Science, Penn State 

M.A. Political Science, Penn State 

M.A. Political Science, Villanova University

B.A. Political Science, Elizabethtown College