Lee Hannah, Jr, Ph.D.

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, Political Science
Allyn Hall 353, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Hannah earned his B.A. (History) and M.A. (Education - Curriculum and Instruction) from Virginia Tech and his M.A. and Ph.D. (Political Science) from Penn State. His research and teaching interests primarily focus on state politics and the diffusion and construction of public policy. His first book, Green Rush: The Rise of Medical Marijuana in the American States, co-authored with Daniel Mallinson (Penn State Harrisburg), will be released by New York University Press on July 16, 2024. In addition, he has published peer-reviewed articles in Science, Public Administration Review, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Party Politics, Climatic Change, Publius, and others. His research has also been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, USA TodayNewsweek, Time, NPR, The Guardian, and others.

Summer 2024 Office Hours: By appointment.

Curriculum Vitae

Education History

Virginia Tech

  • B.A. History, 2003
  • M.A. Education, 2004

Pennsylvania State University

  • M.A. Political Science, 2011
  • Ph.D. Political Science, 2015


PLS 2120 - American National Government

PLS 3220 - State Government

PLS 3370 - Legislative Process

PLS 3990 - Polarization and American Politics

PLS 4020 - Politics and the Media

PLS 4030 - Campaigns and Elections

MPA 7060 - Research Methods in Public Administration


Selected Publications


Mallinson, Daniel J. and A. Lee Hannah. (2024). Green Rush: The Rise of Medical Marijuana in the United States. New York University Press. [Amazon]


Hannah, A. Lee, Kevin Reuning, and Anne Whitesell. (2023). "The Party Replies: Examining Local Party Responsiveness to Prospective Campaign Volunteers." Political Research Quarterly, 76(2): 931-943.

Hannah, Alfred Lee, Daniel J. Mallinson, and Lauren Azevedo. (2023). “Maximizing Social Equity as a Pillar of Public Administration: An Examination of Cannabis Dispensary Licensing in Pennsylvania” Public Administration Review, 83(1): 144-162.

Whitesell, Anne, Kevin Reuning, and A. Lee Hannah. (2023). “Local Political Party Presence Online.” Party Politics, 29(1): 164-175.

Mallinson, Daniel J., A Lee Hannah, and Gideon Cunningham. (2020). “The Consequences of Fickle Federal Policy: Administrative Hurdles for State Cannabis Policies.” State and Local Government Review, 52(4): 241-254.

Mallinson, Daniel J. and A. Lee Hannah. (2020). “Policy and Political Learning: The Development of Medical Marijuana Policies in the States.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 50(3): 344-369.

Hannah, A. Lee and Danielle C. Rhubart. (2019).“Teacher Perceptions of State Standards and Climate Change Pedagogy: Opportunities and Barriers for Implementing Consensus-informed Instruction on Climate Change.” Climatic Change, 158: 377-392.

Plutzer, Eric, Mark McCaffrey, A. Lee Hannah, Joshua Rosenau, Minda Berbeco, and Ann Reid. (2016). “Climate confusion among U.S. teachers.” Science, Vol. 351 (no. 6274):664-665.

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