Angela Day is currently engaged in research and writing her dissertation as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her fields of teaching and research include public law and policy, and American politics.  Day's dissertation When the Whistle Didn't Blow: How Organizations Shape the Meaning and Impact of Whistleblower Protection Laws examines the efficacy of legal rights granted to workers who raise concerns about health, safety or the environment. Through this research, Day seeks to determine whether whistleblower protections have contributed to regulatory compliance in highly consequential activities such as the production of nuclear energy and cleanup of weapons complexes.

Day’s book Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster was published in early 2014 by the Washington State University Press. The book centers on the personal experience of a fisherman affected by one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. On the fateful night of the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, the ship’s lookout cried out a final warning that a red buoy light was on the starboard side of the ship, when it should have been to port. In retrospect, the admonition “Red light to starboard” serves as a metaphor for so many missed signals that a major spill in Prince William Sound was all but inevitable. The narrative brings to life the personal and environmental consequences of this disaster, at the same time illuminating important tensions between citizens, industry and government. 

Day has extensive experience as a teaching assistant and instructor for both graduate and undergraduate courses. She has taught undergraduate courses in American politics, comparative law and courts, and human rights, and graduate courses in leadership and management in the public sector, managing people, and collaborative governance. She also assisted in developing a number of case studies and curricular materials for publication on the Electronic Hallway, an online resource for schools of public policy and administration.

Day has served on the Hanford Concerns Council and the Snohomish County Planning Commission. She also chaired a committee appointed by the Snohomish County Executive and Council tasked with making recommendations that could reduce the number and cost of land-use appeals, and ensure that related public participation processes are working as intended. She holds a Master's in Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Washington. 



Angela Day

Department of Political Science

University of Washington
101 Gowen Hall
Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195