Shiran Victoria Shen

ShenShiran Victoria Shen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Virginia (2018–). Previously, she forged her own path in graduate school at Stanford University (2013–2018) by simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from Swarthmore College in 2012.

From the lenses of environmental politics, Prof. Shen’s research speaks to fundamental issues in the study of political economy, policy implementation, public management, and bureaucracy in China and beyond. Methodologically, she seeks to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment.

Professor Shen is writing a book based on her dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How To Break It.  This work has been recognized with the Paul A. Sabatier Award from the American Political Science Association, Malcolm Jewell Award from the Southern Political Science Association, and the Best Dissertation Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Professor Shen teaches three classes reflecting her research interests: “Environmental Politics in China,” “Politics of Air Pollution,” and “Approaches to Environmental Politics.”

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