Seeking to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment, Shiran Victoria Shen explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in China and India.
Shen is currently writing a book based on her dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How To Break It. An article-length version of two dissertation chapters has won two “Best Paper” awards from the American Political Science Association (2017 Paul A. Sabatier Award) and the Southern Political Science Association (2018 Malcolm Jewell Award), respectively. Her research has been generously funded by many organizations, including the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association.
During her graduate studies at Stanford University (2013-18), Shen created her own path by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in atmosphere and energy. Before Stanford, Shen graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi from Swarthmore College with concentrations in political science and environmental studies (2012).
This academic year, Shen is teaching three classes reflecting her research interests: The Politics of Air Pollution, Environmental Politics in China, and Approaches to Environmental Politics.