Kristin O'Donovan

Kristin O'Donovan

Assistant Professor


313-993-3435 (fax)

 2064 Faculty/Administration Building

Kristin O'Donovan

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

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

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

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

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

Courses taught


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