Prakash Kashwan

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Comparative Politics;
International Environmental Policy and Politics;
Political Economy of Development.

Ph.D. (Public Policy), Indiana University, 2011

Office: OAK 446
Phone: (860) 486-7651

Dr. Prakash 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 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) International Governance of Climate Engineering as a member of an academic working group organized under the aegis of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. Second, for the past two years he has researched the far reaching political economic changes unfolding in India. He is pursuing this research in collaboration Delhi-based researchers, and as part of a group of scholars who are embarking on a long-term research project focused on the rise of contemporary right in Asia. For details regarding Prakash’s various research and policy work-related affiliations, please visit his personal homepage here <>.

Recent Publications

Kashwan, Prakash. (Forthcoming). Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment: A Cross-National AnalysisEcological Economics.

Kashwan, Prakash. (Forthcoming). What explains the demand for collective forest rights amidst land use conflicts? Journal of Environmental Management.

Kashwan, Prakash. (2016). Power Asymmetries and Institutions: Landscape Conservation in Central IndiaRegional Environmental Change, 16, S97–S109

Kashwan, Prakash. (2016). Integrating Power in Institutional Analysis: A Micro-Foundation PerspectiveJournal of Theoretical Politics, 28(1), 5-26.

Kashwan, Prakash. (2015). Forest Policies, Institutions, and REDD+ in India, Tanzania, and MexicoGlobal Environmental Politics, 15(3), 95-117.

Kashwan, Prakash, and Robert Holahan. (2014). Nested governance for effective REDD+: Institutional and political argumentsInternational Journal of the Commons, 8 (2).

Kashwan, Prakash 2013. The Politics of Rights-based Approaches in ConservationLand Use Policy, 31: 613-626.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-7651
Office LocationOak Hall 446
Office HoursWF 1:30-2:30pm (schedule via AdvApp) and by appointment