Alicia Cooperman

Alicia Cooperman

Alicia Cooperman

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs



Areas of Expertise

Local and global challenges in water politics and policy, political economy of development, civil society and accountability, climate change

Current Research

My research focuses on environmental politics and policymaking, political economy of development, distributive politics, and statistical methods. My broader research agenda studies the politics of natural disasters, natural resource management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Climate change increasingly shapes political relationships within and across countries. My research applies core political questions of distributive politics, collective action, and democratic accountability to critical policy issues in development and the environment, especially water policy and climate change. Through in-depth applied field research, causal inference methodologies, and rigorous statistical analysis, I provide a deeper awareness of local social and political realities and their influence on sustainable development.


Ph.D., Columbia University

M.I.A., University of California - San Diego

B.A., Stanford University



My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Environmental Change, Political Analysis, and Comparative Political Studies, among others. I have received generous funding from multiple sources including the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, and Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP).

Classes Taught

PSC 2101 - Scope and Methods of Political Science