Michaël Aklin

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies & Assistant Professor

Michaël Aklin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, which he joined in 2015. His research focuses on international and comparative political economy with applications to environmental issues and financial crises. The author of two books (MIT Press), his work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Energy Economics, International Studies Quarterly, Nature Energy, and Science Advances. He completed his PhD at New York University and spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Sciences Po, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is also a Fellow at Johns Hopkins' Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. 

Courses Taught

PS 1364 Climate Change and Public Policy
PS 1542 Global Environmental Politics
PS 1581 Politics and Financial Crises
PS 2030 Political Research and Methods
PS 2543 International Political Economy of Developing Countries


Education & Training

  • PhD, New York University, 2014

Representative Publications

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Aklin, Michaël and Andreas Kern. Forthcoming. Moral Hazard and Financial Crises: Evidence from U.S. Troop Deployments. International Studies Quarterly.

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2017. Does Basic Energy Access Generate Socio-Economic Benefits? A Field Experiment with Off-Grid Solar Power in India. Science Advances 3(5): 1-8.

Aklin, Michaël. 2016. Re-Exploring the Trade and Environment Nexus Through the Diffusion of Pollution Environmental & Resource Economics 64(4): 663-682.

Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen, Karthik Ganesan, and Abhishek Jain. 2016. Factors Affecting Household Satisfaction with Electricity Supply in Rural India. Nature Energy. 1(16170): 1-6.

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. Political Competition, Path Dependence, and the Strategy of Sustainable Energy Transitions. American Journal of Political Science 57(3): 643-658.

Research Interests

International relations; international political economy; environmental politics; energy politics


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