Ekta J. Patel

PhD Student, Environmental Policy, Duke University

Hi! I am a third year PhD student studying Environmental Policy (with a concentration in Political Science) at Duke University.

I graduated from Harvard University with honors in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and went to work at an education technology start-up for two years in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a native of Nairobi, Kenya and call Atlanta home.


My research is broadly concerned with institutions, environmental governance, and the politics of public service provision (particularly drinking water). In other projects, I study a variety of topics, including wildlife conservation, climate adaptation, and the water-energy-food nexus. My regional focus is on South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the USA.

Working papers



Open a link to my resume by clicking the image below.


I can be reached by email at ekta.patel@duke.edu.