Welcome! Shiran Victoria Shen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Virginia (2018–). Previously, she forged her own path in graduate school at Stanford University (2013–2018) by simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (atmosphere & energy), and was the first student at Stanford to complete such joint degrees. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from Swarthmore College in 2012.
Prof. Shen’s research explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in industrializing and urbanizing countries (China, India, Kenya, Mexico, Uganda). Her research areas include the political economy of the environment, the social impacts of climate change, environmental attitudes & behaviors, and environmental justice. She seeks to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment. Prof. Shen is currently writing a book based on her dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How to Break It.
Prof. Shen teaches three classes reflecting her research interests: “Environmental Politics in China,” “Politics of Air Pollution,” and “Approaches to Environmental Politics.”
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