Welcome! An interdisciplinary environmental scholar, Shiran Victoria Shen forged her own path at Stanford University by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in five years. Her doctoral thesis, “The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How To Break It,” won the Best Dissertation Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. Shen joined the University of Virginia as a tenure-track faculty upon graduation from Stanford in 2018.
Shen’s research seeks to improve understanding of how environmental change influences and is shaped by politics and policy. She employs a wide range of data, techniques, and research designs in her work, including large-scale, satellite-derived datasets, integrated assessment models, machine learning, survey and field experiments, and qualitative fieldwork.