Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Varun Piplani

Varun Piplani

Office — Davis-Hodgkins House, 609 21st St. NW, Room 201

Office Hours — Mondays 9:30-11:00am; Fridays 12:30-1:45pm

E-mail —

Major — International Relations

Minor — Research Methods

Current Research

Political Economy of Developing Areas, Southeast Asian Political Economy, Political Economy of Sustainable Development


B.A. University of Nevada Las Vegas


I am a second-year graduate student in the Department of Political Science, studying International Relations. I focus on political economy in the developing world, possibly with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. Previously, I conducted research for an undergraduate thesis studying the promotion of sustainable development by international financial insitutions. I also have previous research experience with Professor Chad Rector on the creation of federations. Currently, I am a research assistant for Professor Alasdair Bowie, helping on a project comparing decentralization in Indonesia and Vietnam.