Welcome! Shiran Victoria Shen is a Swarthmore– and Stanford-trained political scientist and environmental engineer, a National Hoover Fellow (2021-22), and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at UVA (on leave). Her research explores the intersections of political science, public policy, environmental sciences, and engineering.
She has a pipeline of research on the organizational causes of and responses to environmental crises, with particular understanding of how local politics shape air pollution and climate management in China. Her first book, The Political Regulation Wave: A Case of How Local Incentives Systematically Shape Air Quality in China, is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. 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. She is currently working on two book projects: 1) China Tackles Climate Change: The Emerging Politics of Local Climate Actions and 2) The Renewable Energy Investment Gap: How Domestic Politics in Recipient Countries Impede the Greening of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
She has also published articles on the political economy of the environment, environmental attitudes and behavior, environmental justice, and the integration of political science into climate modeling in academic journals.
09/2021: Begins as a 2021-22 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
04/2021: Serves as the program chair for the Environmental Politics and Policy Section at MPSA 2021.
11/2020: Serves as the speaker for this year’s NCUSCR local China Town Hall. Her talk is on U.S.-China environmental cooperation.
09/2020: 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.
05/2020: “Environmental Justice in India: Incidence of Air Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants” is published in Ecological Economics.