Alicia Cooperman

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Monroe Hall 412 Washington DC 20052

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

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


PSC 2101 - Scope and Methods of Political Science

My work has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesPolitical 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).