Dani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kent State University.
My research focuses on the study of complex governance systems, where policy decisions that impact a given issue area (e.g., a watershed) are made across a series of interdependent decision-making forums. My research in this area generally attempts to answer questions such as 1) How does interdependence affect decision-making and policy outputs across a subsystem? 2) Under what conditions can forum processes promote or impede collaboration/cooperation and effectiveness? 3) How do different the structural and functional features that characterize policy forums impact how environmental policy actors behave?
Prior to joining Kent State, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.
My research publications have appeared in journals including JPART, PAR, JBPA, PMR, and Society and Natural Resources.
Refereed Journal Articles
Baldwin, Elizabeth, Danielle M. McLaughlin, Vincent Jasso, David Woods, David D Breshears, Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Jose R Soto, Abigail Swann, Aaron Lien. 2022. Diverse Stakeholders and their Interests Matter to the US Forest Service: A Network of Action Situations Analysis of how Stakeholders Affect Forest Plan Outcomes. Sustainability Science. doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01173-4
McLaughlin, Danielle M., Jack M. Mewhirter, Mark Lubell. 2022. Conflict Contagion: How Interdependence Shapes Patterns of Conflict and Cooperation in Polycentric Systems. Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, 32(3), 543-560. doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muab045.
Angst, Mario, Jack M. Mewhirter, Danielle M. McLaughlin, Manuel Fischer. 2021. Who Joins a Forum-and Who Does Not? Evaluating Drivers of Forum Participation in Polycentric Governance Systems. Public Administration Review, 82(4), 692-707. doi:10.1111/puar.13427.
Mewhirter, Jack M., Danielle M. McLaughlin. 2021. The Pitfalls Associated with More Intensive Engagement in Collaborative Processes: The Role of Behavioral Spillovers and Cognitive Load. Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, 4(1). doi:10.30636/jbpa.41.166.
McLaughlin, Danielle M., Jack M. Mewhirter, James Wright, Richard Feiock. 2020. The Perceived Effectiveness of Collaborative Approaches to Address Domestic Violence: The Role of Representation, “Reverse-Representation”, Embeddedness, and Resources. Public Management Review, 1-25. doi:10.1080/14719037.2020.1774200.
Mewhirter, Jack M., Danielle M. McLaughlin, Manuel Fischer. 2019. The Role of Forum Membership Diversity on Institutional Externalities in Resource Governance Systems. Society and Natural Resources, 32(11), 1239-1257.
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Cincinnati, 2021
M.S. Natural Resources & Environmental Sci., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016
B.S. Political Science and Geology, University of Pittsburgh, 2011