About

Welcome!  Shiran Victoria Shen is a Stanford-trained political scientist and environmental engineer, a National Hoover Fellow (2021-22), and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at UVA.  Her research explores the intersections of political science, public policy, environmental sciences, and engineering.

She has a pipeline of research on how local politics influence environmental governance.  Her first book (under contract) is entitled The Political Regulation Wave: A Case of How Local Incentives Systematically Shape Air Quality in China.  In dissertation form, it was the recipient of two major association awards, the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Ph.D. Dissertation Award.  Earlier versions of its parts received the American Political Science Association’s Paul A. Sabatier Award for the best paper in science, technology & environmental politics and the Southern Political Science Association’s Malcolm Jewell Award for the best overall graduate student paper.  A second book, tentatively entitled The Renewable Energy Investment Gap: How Local Politics Impede the Greening of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is in progress.

She has also published articles on the political economy of the environment, environmental attitudes and behavior, and environmental justice in academic journals.  She has been working to integrate political science into climate modeling.

She can be reached via email and found on Twitter @SVictoriaShen.

Recent News:

12/20: Named 2021-22 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

11/20: Serves as the speaker for this year’s NCUSCR local China Town Hall. Her talk is on U.S.-China environmental cooperation.

10/20: Serves as the program chair for the Environmental Politics and Policy Section at MPSA 2021. Submit your proposals today!

09/20: Ph.D. dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How to Break It, wins the Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association for “the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public policy in the past two calendar years.”  View the official announcement and award citation.

05/20: “Environmental Justice in India: Incidence of Air Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants” is published in Ecological Economics.

Last updated: June 2021