Samantha L. Mosier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at East Carolina University (ECU), where she teaches courses on public policy, public administration, leadership, and environmental policy. Samantha earned her PhD in Political Science at Colorado State University and a MPA from Auburn University at Montgomery.


Samantha is the author of Creating Organic Standards in U.S. States:The Diffusion of State Organic Food and Agriculture Legislation and co-author of Performance Measurement in Sustainability Programs: Lessons from American Cities. Her research has also appeared in Environment and Planning CEnvironmental ManagementFood Policy, International Journal of Public Administration, International Review of Public AdministrationPolitics & the Life Sciences, and Review of Policy Research . Her current research focuses on perceptions of sustainability, sustainable food labeling politics and policy, and environmental trust. 

Professional Experience
Educational Background
Other Roles

Assistant Professor (2018-Present)

Department of Political Science

East Carolina University

Assistant Professor (2014-2018)

Department of Political Science

Missouri State University


Instructor (2013)

Department of Political Science

Colorado State University

Ph.D. Political Science 

Colorado State University

M.P.A. & Certificate of Health Care Administration & Policy

Auburn University at Montgomery

B.A. Public Affairs

Huntingdon College

Council Member (2017-2018)

Greene County Extension Council

Greene County, Missouri

Board Member (2015-2018)

Parks Board

City of Willard, Missouri

Updates on Recent Activities

January 13, 2020

Is there such thing as a Republican vegan? Drs. Samantha L. Mosier (Department of Political Science, East Carolina University) and Dr. Arbindra P. Rimal (Department of Agribusiness, Agricultural Education and Communication, Missouri State University) have authored a ne...

December 20, 2019

Every wonder how many faculty in NASPAA accredited programs are pracademics? Drs. Samantha L Mosier and Susan Opp answer this question in a new article in Teaching Public Administration answers that question. The results of their analysis demonstrated that most faculty...

October 17, 2019

In a forthcoming issue of Politics and the Life Sciences, Dr. Mosier's article "Policies as species: Viewing and classifying policy from an evolutionary biology perspective" will appear. The article proposes a new approach to the study of public policy by likening poli...

August 12, 2019

Dr. Mosier recently co-authored an article released in Review of Policy Research on how values shape perceptions on how effective the USDA National Organic Program serves consumers and producers interested in organic products. The article can be accessed here

August 14, 2018

It was announced this week that Dr. Mosier's co-authored article "Sustainability Town-Gown Partnerships: Lessons for Practitioners and Scholars from Highly Sustainable Communities" was selected as an award finalist for the 2018 AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Awar...

March 1, 2018

Dr. Mosier's new co-authored book, Performance Measurement in Local Sustainability Policy, is slated for release on March 7, 2018. Published by Routledge, the book is part of the Public Administration and Public Policy series. More information and purchase options are...

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