David Glick

Faculty Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Integrating Science, Health and Policy to Engineer Global Sustainable Water Access

Global sustainable water management efforts are hampered by technological limitations, insufficient health risk assessments, and untenable policy solutions that lack public support. Access to pathogen-free water is a challenge in rapidly urbanized developing nations where underdeveloped infrastructure encourages water stagnation and microorganism growth. Compounding these issues, both industrialized and developing cities suffer water scarcity (an early implication of climate change) and are investigating water resource management solutions such as recycled water, but technological failure of such water reuse systems could lead to drinking water contamination of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs known in the water supply. The team is developing novel materials and processes for the degradation of such potential contaminants in water for household to industrial scale use in developing and industrialized urban areas. Laboratory results will inform a risk assessment model to predict the impact their technology would have on reducing human health risk due to exposure to a suite of pharmaceutical compounds. They will conduct an original survey, interviews, and use case study research to understand factors influencing support for water reuse policies, and gauge the ability to sway public opinion with information about technological developments that protect both human health and water resources across developing and industrialized populations.


PhD, Princeton University, Bachelor’s, Williams College


David Glick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. His primary research and teaching interests include political institutions – especially courts, public opinion about institutions, policy diffusion, law, and urban politics. He has also co-developed and taught a course about all of the politics, policy, and social science in HBO’s the Wire (named “coolest class to take at BU” by Boston.com). His work has appeared (or will be appearing soon) in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law, Economics and OrganizationPolitical BehaviorPublic Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. It has been recognized by the APSA Law and Courts section (best grad student paper, best journal article), Urban Politics section (best conference paper) and Western Political Science Association (best conference paper). He is currently studying the interaction of public opinion, the Supreme Court, and major recent cases using data from panel surveys that he collected with BU colleague Dino Christenson. He is also studying urban politics and policy with his colleague Katie Einstein. Part of this work includes being one of the lead investigators on Boston University’s Menino Survey of Mayors.

Glick grew up near Boston. Before graduate school at Princeton he was an undergraduate at Williams College and worked in Cambridge for two years as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group. He also spent two years as a fellow at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth. He spends much of his free time staying active, and doing amateur home improvement projects. He plays quite a bit of basketball (pickup with college kids) and soccer (in a Sunday morning “over 30” league).