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Tara Grillos

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Assistant Professor

Political Science  

Tara Grillos joins Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty affiliate of the Purdue Center for the Environment.

Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Grillos was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado's Institute of Behavioral Science. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. She holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and she served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.

Dr. Grillos' research focuses on human decision-making and behavior in the context of sustainable development. She asks how we can design policies that encourage pro-environmental behaviors while respecting and ideally improving livelihoods. In particular, Dr. Grillos looks at the behavioral implications of the ways in which we engage citizens in policy design and implementation, for example through participatory processes. Her broader research interests include collective action, norms and institutional change, and environmental justice.