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Kristin O’Donovan is an Assistant 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. 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
Awards and Grants
NSF RAPID: Constraints on Policy Learning After Disaster
O'Donovan, Kristin. (2014). Flood mitigation policy in the United States. In Studying public policy: An international approach. University Of Bristol: Policy Press.
O’Donovan, Kristin. (2015)."Disaster Recovery Service Delivery Toward a Theory of Simultaneous Government and Voluntary Sector Failures." Administration & Society: 0095399715622231.
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. “Does the Narrative Policy Framework Apply to Local Issues? Policy Narratives in the Detroit Water Shutoffs.” Politics and Policy. Accepted 03/19/2018. Forthcoming in 2018.
Jolley, G. Jason, Kristin O’Donovan and Austin Sandler. Assessing the Economic Impact of Disaster in Rural Communities” Manuscript accepted for publication at the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy. Forthcoming in 2018.
O’Donovan, Kristin. “Bureaucratic Policymaking on Natural Hazards: Discretion and the Context for Decision Making” Forthcoming in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. Accepted 12/30/2017
O’Donovan, 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.
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