Shana Scogin

Shana Scogin

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Methodology


Areas of Interest: Methods, Environmental Policy, Governance, Political Behavior

I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science. I work primarily in local governance and political participation. I am interested in the collective action problems presented by acute environmental pressures, and how local politics shape a community’s solutions. My research employs qualitative and quantitative methods, and my methodological interests include model robustness, mixed methods research designs, and developing statistical software.

My dissertation looks to the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake to investigate how community governance structures affect local reconstruction processes, and how the interactions between residents and state and nonstate actors during reconstruction affect residents’ political behavior. My project–including language training and data collection–has been funded by the Kellogg Institute, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, the Liu Institute, and the Fulbright Program. 

My BA is in Political Science with a minor in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College, and I have an MA in Political Science from Marquette University.