Environmental Policy

Samantha Zuhlke

  • Research Fellow, Environmental Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Public Affairs


Samantha Zuhlke's research and teaching center on public policy, public administration, and environmental politics. Her current research investigates how political forces like social construction and policy feedback shape the U.S. nonprofit sector through partisanship and political competition. More broadly, she is interested in the intersection of geography and political science, including environmental politics, environmental justice, and developing new methods of spatial analysis. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, Zuhlke worked at the National Geographic Society from 2010-2016, producing K-12 classroom materials to support geography education.

Research Interests

  • Nonprofits
  • Environmental Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Research Methods

Educational Background

  • PhD, Political Science, Texas A&M University, 2021