I am Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. I am also an Associate Director at the Initiative 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, 11:30am-1:00pm
Selected Works

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

"Getting Rich Too Fast? Voters' Reactions to Politicians' Wealth Accumulation,"
The Journal of Politics, Forthcoming (with Simon Chauchard and Marko Klašnja)

"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 2019 Teaching

GIS for Social Science
GIS for Policy Analysis