Jeff Hanlon


Assistant Professor of Political Science
Platner 207


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biological Aspects of Conservation
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Ph.D., University of Arizona, Public Administration & Policy

Research and Academic Interests

Environmental policy and politics, water policy, federalism, intergovernmental cooperation, institutional design

Classes Taught

  • Environmental Policy and Politics
  • Water Policy, Politics and Law
  • Public Administration
  • The Policy Process
  • American Government and Politics


Assistant Professor Jeff Hanlon specializes in environmental policy, American politics, public administration, and public policy. His research focuses on intergovernmental cooperation to govern water resources at the regional scale. Prior to joining the faculty at Whittier, Professor Hanlon was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University. 


  • Berardo, R. and J. Hanlon. 2015. Institutions. Oxford Bibliography of Environmental Science.
  • Hanlon, J., T. Olivier, and E. Schlager. 2017. Institutional adaptation and effectiveness over 18 years of the New York City watershed governance arrangement. Environmental Practice. 19(1), 38-49.
  • Hanlon, J. 2017. Watershed Protection to Secure Ecosystem Services. Case Studies in the Environment, 1(1), 1-6.
  • Hanlon, J. 2017. Complementary safeguards for robust watershed governance in a federation: New York City and its municipal water supply. Environmental Science & Policy. 75, 47-55.
  • Thrash, M. E., and Hanlon, J. 2019. Southern California Water Politics at the Salton Sea: When “Increased Efficiency” Is not Enough. Case Studies in the Environment.
  • Hanlon, J., Olivier, T. and Schlager, E., 2019. Suspicious Collaborators: How Governments in Polycentric Systems Monitor Behavior and Enforce Public Good Provision Rules Against One Another. International Journal of the Commons, 13(2).