Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor

Associate Professor


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 2064 Faculty/Administration Building

Kristin Taylor

Kristin Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, USA. Her research investigates the policy process, focusing events, policy failure and learning, policy narratives and the politics of hazards and disasters. Dr. Taylor’s current research explores the extent to which different sources of information influence how local governments make decisions. Her work has been published in Policy Studies Journal, Administration & Society, Review of Policy Research, Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy, and the Journal or Regional Analysis and Policy.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Public policy process, hazards and disasters, policy and governance failure, policy narratives


  • Ph.D., Public Administration, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati
  • B.A., Ohio University

Awards and grants

  •  NSF RAPID: Constraints on Policy Learning After Disaster

  •  NSF CRISP 2.0: Water and Health Infrastructure Reslience and Learning

Selected publications

Anderson, Sarah E., Rob A. DeLeo, and Kristin Taylor. (2019). "Policy entrepreneurs, legislators, and agenda setting: Information and influence." Policy Studies Journal.

Taylor, Kristin and Thomas A. Birkland. The Politics and Governance of Mitigation. In The Handbook for Planning and Disaster Resilience. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Accepted 12/3/2017. Forthcoming in 2019.

Jolley, G. Jason, Kristin Taylor O’Donovan and Austin Sandler. (2018). Assessing the Economic Impact of Disaster in Rural Communities” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.

O’Donovan, Kristin. (2018) Bureaucratic Policymaking on Natural Hazards: Discretion and the Context for Decision Making. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science.

Taylor O’Donovan, Kristin. (2018), Does the Narrative Policy Framework Apply to Local Issues? Policy Narratives in the Detroit Water Shutoffs. Politics & Policy 46, no. 4 (2018): 532-570.

O'Donovan, Kristin. (2017), Policy Failure and Policy Learning: Examining the Conditions of Learning after Disaster. Review of Policy Research, 34: 537–558. doi:10.1111/ropr.12239

O'Donovan, Kristin. (2017), An Assessment of Aggregate Focusing Events, Disaster Experience, and Policy Change. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 8: 201–219. doi:10.1002/rhc3.12116

O’Donovan, Kristin. (2015)."Disaster Recovery Service Delivery Toward a Theory of Simultaneous Government and Voluntary Sector Failures." Administration & Society: 0095399715622231.

O'Donovan, Kristin. (2014). Flood mitigation policy in the United States. In Studying public policy: An international approach. University Of Bristol: Policy Press.



Courses taught

PS 2410: Introduction to Public Policy
PS 3060: State Politics and Government
PS 7410: Policy Formulation and Implementation
PS 6410: American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
PS 7420: Normative Issues in Public Policy