Quinn Mulroy

Quinn Mulroy

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Political Science
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research

Annenberg Hall
Room 217
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001


Quinn Mulroy is a political scientist whose work operates at the intersection of public policy, law, public administration, and political analysis. Her research on the development of policymaking and policy implementation in the U.S. engages central questions in the fields of regulation, law and society, the bureaucracy, presidency, Congress, civil rights and environmental policy, and American political development and has been published in the Journal of Politics and Studies in American Political Development.

Her book manuscript, Public Regulation through Private Litigation: The Regulatory Power of Private Lawsuits and the American Bureaucracy, examines the role of private power – particularly that supplied by private litigation – in the American regulatory state, and investigates how and under what conditions regulatory agencies look outside their own (often constrained) formal administrative powers and develop incentives and networks to mobilize private citizens to engage in litigation that advances regulatory goals. Earlier versions of this manuscript received the Leonard D. White Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2012, and the 2012 Best Conference Paper Award from APSA’s Law & Courts Section. Mulroy is also currently engaged in projects investigating public attitudes toward bureaucratic and legal regulation in the U.S., and the development of urban planning policy knowledge across geographical and political contexts.

A Chicago native, Mulroy received a B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, and after living on both coasts, now finds herself back in the 'middle' of things. Her work has been recognized by fellowships and grants from the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the American Bar Foundation, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2012 - Leonard D. White Best Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association
  • 2012 - Best Conference Paper Award, American Political Science Association, Law and Courts Section



Year Degree Institution
2012 PhD, Political Science Columbia University
2001 BA, Political Science University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Policymaking and policy implementation; law and courts; regulatory agencies; Congress; civil rights and environmental policy; relationship between state and society/public and private; and American political development.

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