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Alvin Mushkatel

Alvin Mushkatel

Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University Polytechnic
6073 S. Backus Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Alvin Mushkatel has held faculty positions and taught at St. John's University in Minnesota, the University of Missouri St. Louis, and the University of Denver. Dr. Mushkatel has been a member of the faculty at Arizona State University (ASU) since 1980. Before coming to the ASU Polytechnic campus, he was a professor of Public Affairs and professor of Planning at the ASU Tempe campus. Mushkatel served as the director of the interdisciplinary Doctor of Public Administration program, as well as the MPA program. He also headed the Bachelor of Science program in Planning during its accreditation review. He is currently a Professor of Environmental Policy in Applied Biological Sciences at the Polytechnic campus. Mushkatel has authored/co-authored numerous books on nuclear-waste policy and more than a dozen governmental monographs for the National Research Council/National Academy of Science. He has extensive experience in managing large funded research projects and has served on a large number of local, state, and national governmental commissions. His work has received awards including the Aaron Wildavsky Book Award, the National Research Council Award of Appreciation, and the Governor's Spirit of Excellence Award in Public Service. He also has served as an expert witness in proceedings of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


  • BA, Political Science, Ohio State University
  • MS, Political Science, University of Oregon
  • PhD, Poltical Sciences, University of Oregon


Journal Articles


Mushkatel, A., S. Guhathakurta, J. D. Thompson and M. Franczak. 2009. Housing choice, outcomes, and neighborhood characteristics in seriously mentally ill/ homeless housing programs: Analysis of a Phoenix survey of SMI / homeless population. International Journal of Public Administration 33:481-519.


Dantico, M., S. Guhathakurta and A. Mushkatel. 2007. Housing quality and neighborhood redevelopment: A study of neighborhood initiatives in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Public Administration, Symposium on Social Equity and Public Policy 30(1):23-45.