Prakash Kashwan

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Prakash Kashwan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy awarded jointly by the Department of Political Science and the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico published in February 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Kashwan’s research, scholarship, and teaching build on his two-decade-long engagement with questions of global and international environmental governance, including the first career in international development (1999-2005). His doctoral research was supported with a Young Scientist Research Award from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm.

Dr. Kashwan’s ongoing research focuses on global climate governance, including climate mitigation and the links between public opinion, institutions, and subnational climate governance. His second major research project relates to the rapidly developing field of the climate engineering governance, which builds on his membership of an academic working group organized under the aegis of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment. This work is also linked to his engagement with a community of scholars working on ‘environmental peacebuilding,’ an agenda devoted to catalyzing the challenges of global environmental change to build communities and institutions devoted to the goals of sustainable development. His third main project focuses on the far-reaching political economic changes unfolding in India.

Dr. Kashwan collaborates actively with graduate and undergraduate students in projects that cut across disciplinary and international boundaries. For details regarding Prakash’s various research and policy work-related affiliations, please visit his personal homepage here <>.

Recent Publications

  1. Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment: A Cross-National Analysis. Ecological Economics. 131: 139–15
  1. Integrating Power in Institutional Analysis: A Micro-Foundation PerspectiveJournal of Theoretical Politics, 28(1), 5-26.
  1. What Explains the Demand for Collective Forest Rights Amidst Land Use Conflicts? Journal of Environmental Management, 183, 657-666.
  1. 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).

  1. 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