Michaël Aklin

  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Admissions and Career Planning

Michaël Aklin is Associate 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, Nature Energy, and PNAS. 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. 2021. Do High Electricity Bills Undermine Public Support for Renewables? Evidence from the European Union. Energy Policy. 156: 112400.

Aklin, Michaël. 2021. "The off-grid catch-22: Effective institutions as a prerequisite for the global deployment of distributed renewable power". Energy Research & Social Science. 72: 101830.

Aklin, Michaël and Andreas Kern. 2021. The Side Effects of Central Bank Independence. American Journal of Political Science 65 (4), 971-987

Bayer, Patrick and Michaël Aklin. 2020. The European Union Emissions Trading System reduced CO2 emissions despite low prices. PNAS 117(16): 8804-8812.

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

Aklin, Michaël and Andreas Kern. 2019. Moral Hazard and Financial Crises: Evidence from U.S. Troop Deployments. International Studies Quarterly.

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.



Research Interests

Public Policy
Comparative Political Economy
International Relations
International Political Economy
Environmental Politics
Energy Politics


Area of Study