I am Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. I am also the Associate Director of the Behavioral Laboratory at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy. Previously I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Governance in the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill UniversityI specialize in comparative politics with an emphasis on state capacity, nation-building, political violence and energy access, especially in Southeast and South Asia. I have a PhD in Political Science from New York University, and a Masters in International Relations from the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies.


Address: Tyler Hall
300 James Blair Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States
Email:
harishsp[at]gmail.com
Office Hours:Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30pm-5pm
Selected Works

"The Political Violence Cycle," American Political Science Review, Vol. 111, Iss. 2, p. 237-255 (with Andrew Little)

"Queens" (with Oeindrila Dube)

"Does Basic Energy Access Generate Socioeconomic Benefits? A Field Experiment with Off-grid Solar Power in India," Science Advances, 3(5): e1602153 (with Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer and Johannes Urpelainen)

Fall 2017 Teaching

GIS for Social Science
Politics of Southeast Asia