Political Science and Public Administration

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Dr. Saatvika Rai
Assistant Professor

Saatvika Rai (Vika) joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration as an assistant professor of environmental policy in Fall 2016. She received her doctorate from The University of Kansas in July 2016. Vika Rai is an NSF-IGERT Associate and has previously worked as a Research Associate with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on sustainable development issues.

Professor Rai is from India, where she received her B.A. in Business Administration from Delhi University, and went on to an M.S. in Environmental Studies under the unique Erasmus Mundus Consortium Program. Dr. Rai’s primary area of expertise is environmental politics where she examines different institutional responses to environmental problems and its effect on vulnerable communities. Currently she focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation policies in the United States and around the world.


PhD, The University of Kansas, 2016
MA, The University of Kansas, 2013
M.S., MESPOM Erasmus Mundus Consortium Program, 2007
[Consortium: University of Manchester, UK; Central European University, Hungary; Lund University, Sweden; and Agean University, Greece]
B.A. (Hons), Delhi University, India, 2004

Research Interests:

Environmental Politics (U.S. and International)
Climate Change Politics
Environmental Justice
Policy Implementation and Analysis
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Teaching Interests and Past Courses:

Environmental Politics and Policy
Environmental Justice and Public Policy
African Politics
Asian Politics
Current International Problems
Policy Implementation and Analysis
Comparative Public Policy
Research Methods and Writing
Fieldwork in Developing Countries

Last Updated: 1/31/19