Welcome to my website! I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in political science at Stanford University. 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. Recently, I’m fascinated by the application of integrated assessment models to understand the social dimensions of climate impacts.
My work has appeared in the Journal of Cleaner Production (ranked no. 1 journal in sustainable development by Google Scholar), and the article-length version of two dissertation chapters has won two best paper awards from the American Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association, respectively.
While pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science, I created my own path and completed an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in atmosphere and energy, at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with concentrations in political science and environmental studies in 2012. In 2010, while interning at the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program, I helped organize the first U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum and the first U.S.-China Renewable Energy Forum.
I am an affiliated researcher at the Stanford Bill Lane Center for the American West and a fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. Beginning in August 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, also contributing to the new pan-university initiative on environmental resilience.
My first name is pronounced ʃɪ́ːrən (like Ed Sheeran’s last name). I go by Victoria.