Welcome to my website! I am an incoming assistant professor of environmental politics at the University of Virginia. My research explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in China and India, and spans multiple disciplinary sub-fields. I seek to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment.
I am writing a book based on my dissertation on political pollution cycles. The article-length version of two dissertation chapters has won two best paper awards from the American Political Science Association (2017 Paul A. Sabatier Award) and the Southern Political Science Association (2018 Malcolm Jewell Award), respectively. My research has been very generously funded by a number of organizations, including the Horowitz Foundation and the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.
During graduate school at Stanford University (2013-18), I created my own path by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in atmosphere and energy. Before Stanford, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi from Swarthmore College with concentrations in political science and environmental studies.
As a parallel to my research agenda, I will be teaching three courses, on “The Politics of Air Pollution,” “Environmental Politics in China,” and “Approaches to Environmental Politics” during the 2018-19 academic year at UVa.