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Prakash Kashwan

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Brandeis University

Professor Kashwan's teaching and research focus on environmental and climate justice, climate governance, global conservation, environmental policies and institutions, and the commons. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017), Editor of Climate Justice in India (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and one of the Editors at the journal Environmental Politics. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Earth Systems Governance, Progress in Development Studies, and Sage Open. His public-facing writings have appeared in popular venues, such as the Conversation, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post.

He was a member of the Expert Group for scoping of transformative change assessment at the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and was part of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering convened by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, Washington D.C. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project, a member of the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN), and a co-founder of the Climate Justice Network.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Brandeis University
  • 2018–2022
    Associate Professor 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.


Climate Reality Project's Top Climate Experts to Follow on Twitter. Winner of 2009 Young Scientist Research Award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm.