Sonal S. Pandya is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Graduate Placement. She is a specialist in international political economy and the political economy of economic development. Her current research examines why countries regulate foreign direct investment. Pandya’s dissertation on this topic was awarded the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy. Her work has been published in International Organization and International Interactions Prior to joining the UVa faculty she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.