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Tara Grillos

Tara Grillos

Associate Professor // Political Science

Research focus:
Comparative Participatory Institutions

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2216E


Phone: (765) 496-3923

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2015
B.S. University of Pennsylvania, 2005
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2005




Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Comparative Politics



Center for the Environment
Building Sustainable Communities
Ecological Sciences and Engineering


Research Summary

Professor Grillos’s research focuses on the human dimensions of sustainable development policy. She studies the effects of local governance arrangements on environmental behavior and collective action, as well as the impact of policy on human well-being, health and equity. Her research combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods with fieldwork in various developing nations, including Honduras, Bolivia, and Kenya. 


Selected Publications

Grillos, Tara. 2022. Participation Improves Collective Decisions (When It Involves Deliberation): Experimental Evidence from KenyaBritish Journal of Political Science, 52: 1728-1747. (doi: 10.1017/S0007123421000375) [2021 Journal Impact Factor: 5.615]

Molina-Garzón, Adriana, Tara Grillos, Alan Zarychta & Krister Andersson. 2022. Decentralization Can Increase Cooperation among Public OfficialsAmerican Journal of Political Science, 66(3):554-569. (doi:10.1111/ajps.12606) [2021 Journal Impact Factor: 4.503]


Grillos, Tara, Alan Zarychta & Jami Nelson Nuñez. 2021. Water Scarcity & Procedural Justice in Honduras: Community-Based Management Meets Market-Based PolicyWorld Development, 142. (doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105451) [2021 Journal Impact Factor: 6.678]


Grillos, Tara, Alan Zarychta & Krister Andersson. 2021. Governance Reform, Decentralization & Teamwork in Public Service Delivery: Evidence from the Honduran Health SectorPublic Administration, 99(4): 832-858. (doi:10.1111/padm.12722) [2021 Journal Impact Factor: 4.013] [2022 APSA: Haldane Prize for Best Article in Public Administration]

Cook, Nathan, 
Tara Grillos & Krister Andersson. 2019. Gender Quotas Increase Equality and Effectiveness of Climate Policy InterventionsNature Climate Change, 9: 330-334. (doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0438-4) [2021 Journal Impact Factor: 28.660]