Dana Dolan

Dana A. Dolan is an instructor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, and a research associate of Mason’s Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC). A qualitative researcher, she examines policy adoption and governance challenges of long-term problems such as climate change adaptation. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the politics of extreme weather and climate change adaptation. This builds on her “Multiple Partial Couplings” article in Policy Studies Journal on Australia’s 2007 Water Act (one of the world’s first major adaptation policies), an abductive qualitative study that contributes to the development to public policy theory. Her interest in Democratic Erosion was sparked by water politics in Australia since 2007, as well as her coauthored report on “Political Rigging” for Oxfam America. In Spring 2020, she is teaching a unit of democratic erosion as part of a graduate course on public policy processes. Dana has also taught qualitative methods courses Mason’s Honors College and at George Washington University.