Swapna Pathak

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Studies


  • BA, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi
  • MA, School of International Studies, JNU, Delhi
  • PhD, political science, University of South Carolina


Swapna Pathak works on issues related to conflict and environment, global environmental politics, and environmental policy in developing countries.

She currently teaches courses on environmental policy, natural resources and conflict, global environmental politics, and environment and society.

Spring 2024

Environmental Policy — ENVS 208
Environmental Policy — POLT 208

Fall 2024

Environment and Society — ENVS 101
Environmental Policy — ENVS 208
Environmental Policy — POLT 208
Seminar: Global Environmental Politics — ENVS 323


The Transition From Student Senate to Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2020

When he was growing up, Machmud Makhmudov ’15 noticed how communities from different parts of the world created lives that struggled, grew, and thrived alongside one another. That insight served him well as a policy advisor for the presidential campaign and stands to be an impression in his new role with the incoming Biden Administration.