Daniel E. Walters

Daniel  E. Walters

Assistant Professor of Law

Lewis Katz Building, Office 305D
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (815) 543-6266


Professor Daniel Walters is an assistant professor of law at Penn State Law and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Political Science and affiliated researcher in the Institutes of Energy & the Environment at the Pennsylvania State University. He brings an empirical approach to the study of public law and regulatory policy, with work appearing or forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Administrative Law Review, among others. His current research focuses on empirically testing claims undergirding proposed reforms to the regulatory state and administrative law, as well as examining political and legal approaches to promote a transition to a cleaner energy economy.


Professor Walters is a 2012 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review and served as the editor-in-chief for the inaugural volume of the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law. Professor Walters also earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Spring of 2019 with a dissertation focusing on bureaucratic politics and administrative behavior. Before joining the faculty at Penn State, Professor Walters was a regulation fellow in the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


“Opportunity and Restraint in the Bureaucracy: Essays on the Political Strategy of Rulemaking”

Research Interests:

Administrative Law & Regulatory Policy; Public Administration; Energy Law & Politics; Environmental Law & Politics; Food Law & Politics; Judicial Politics; Courts; Policy Feedbacks