Associate Professor, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut

Professor Kashwan's research, scholarship, and teaching is concentrated in the areas of global climate governance, climate justice, international environmental policies and institutions, and the politics of international development. He has directed the 2017 Summer Institute on Climate Justice organized by the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) in Maputo. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and an external faculty affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington.

He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico, first published in 2017 by Oxford University Press, New York. The book has been reviewed frequently in international peer reviewed journals as well as in popular venues in the United States and internationally. Its paperback edition was released in November 2018.

Dr. Kashwan's research articles have been published in a number of international journals, such as World Development, Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, Land Use Policy, International Journal of the Commons, Global Environmental Politics, and Journal of Theoretical Politics.

Dr. Kashwan has also written for popular media forums including the Guardian, the Washington Post, Wilson Center's web platform New Security Beat, and the political ecology blog Entitle, and spoken to radio talk shows in the United States.


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut
  • 2011–2018
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut
  • 2005–2011
    Research Fellow, Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington


  • 2011 
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Ph.D.


Faculty affiliate, Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington; Senior Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project (a core project of Future Earth); Member, Taskforce on Planetary Justice, Earth System Governance Project; and Member, Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering, School of International Services, American University. Winner of 2009 Young Scientist Research Award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm.