Salil D. Benegal        

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Contact: salilbenegal at depauw dot edu or salil dot benegal at gmail dot com.

Welcome. I am an assistant professor of Political Science at DePauw University. My teaching and research interests focus on environmental policy and political psychology.

Prior to joining DePauw, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. My dissertation, "A Changing Climate in the Public Mind", examined how perceptions of economic risk and partisan cues affect attitudes and beliefs towards climate change in the USA and Europe using a series of cross-national polls from the US and Europe, and survey experiments run in the US. I currently have two solo-authored articles under review at the journals Journal of Politics and Public Understanding of ScienceI have also recently published an article in Global Environmental Change co-authored with Prof. Lyle Scruggs [pdf] on trends in belief in global warming during the recent economic recession. (N.B: Media coverage on this paper at WiredScienceDaily and MSNBC.)

My other research interests include attitudes towards social policy and economic inequality, in particular from human rights-based approaches to addressing these issues. I also have an interest in the progressive realization and fulfillment of economic and social human rights, and am affiliated with the UConn Economic and Social Rights Research Group (ESRG). In the past, I have been involved with ESRG research projects examining social movements emerging around the right to food in India (with Prof. Shareen Hertel), the impact of free trade policies on the right to health in the developing world (with Prof. Audrey Chapman), and the Social and Economic Rights Fulfilment (SERF) Index (with Prof. Susan Randolph) as a measure for progressive realization of different economic and social rights. I have also worked as a coder for the CIRI Human Rights Data Project.