Political Science


Fred Shaia is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate whose research centers on the international politics of climate change. He is writing a dissertation on environmental diplomacy in the United Nations from the 1970s to the 2020s. For his dissertation, he has conducted archival and interview research in 13 countries on six continents, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) via the American Political Science Association (APSA); the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society; and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, among others. Fred is a Scholar at the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN) and has published in Global Environmental Politics. Before Brown, Fred earned a Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Harvard University and spent several years working for international organizations. During the 2023-2024 academic year, Fred will be a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy (fred.shaia@eui.eu).