Prakash Kashwan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Dr. Kashwan received his Ph.D. in Public Policy (2011) from Indiana University, Bloomington with specialization in Public and Environmental Affairs and Research Methods. His research, scholarship, and teaching is concentrated in the areas of comparative politics, political economy, environmental politics, international environmental policies and institutions, and the politics of international development. Dr. Kashwan’s research has been published in Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, International Journal of the Commons, Global Environmental Politics, and Journal of Theoretical Politics. His first book, Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico is being published by Oxford University Press (anticipated release in Jan 2017).
Dr. Kashwan’s ongoing research is concentrated in three distinct areas. First, he continues to examine how the policies and programs of international environmental governance are articulated via domestic politics, policies, and institutions. This also includes a new project on “Debating climate change: public opinion, institutions, and discourses,” supported through an award of the UConn Humanities Institute. Second, as part of his longstanding interest in the politics of international development, Dr. Kashwan is researching the “ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, and natural resources,” as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Third, he is part of a group of scholars who are embarking on a long-term research project focused on the rise of contemporary right in Asia.
Building on this research Dr. Kashwan is especially inclined to work with graduate students interested in comparing countries in Asia and Latin America with reference to questions of comparative politics and political economy. He welcomes graduate and undergraduate student research projects, which may deploy any research method/s as long as the research is conducted with rigor and real-world relevance.
- TeachingMy teaching interests are in the areas of comparative environmental politics and policy, environmental politics, political economy, and research methods. The teaching philosophy I follow is driven by the goal of helping students be critical and reflective thinkers and analysts. Through classroom lectures, discussions, and assessments, I seek to equip students with new skills, tools, […]Posted on September 8, 2016
- Research and ScholarshipMy ongoing research is concentrated in three distinct areas. First, he continues to examine how the policies and programs of international environmental governance are articulated via domestic politics, policies, and institutions. This includes two new projects: (1) “Debating climate change: public opinion, institutions, and discourses,” supported through an award of the UConn Humanities Institute; (2) […]Posted on September 6, 2016
- Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and MexicoOxford University Press (Jaunary 2017) To avail of advanced order discount of 30%, please use the code ASFLYQ6 while placing your order here How do societies negotiate the apparently competing agendas of environmental protection and social justice? Why do some countries perform much better than others? Democracy in the Woods addresses these question by examining […]Posted on August 2, 2016