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Sonal Pandya

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S262 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Harvard University Ph.D., Political Science

Sonal S. Pandya is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Graduate Placement. She is a specialist in international political economy and the political economy of economic development. Her current research examines why countries regulate foreign direct investment. Pandya’s dissertation on this topic was awarded the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy. Her work has been published in International Organization and International Interactions Prior to joining the UVa faculty she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

Dissertation Research for Aycan Katitas
Source: Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
May 01, 2019 – December 31, 2020
Interos Supply Chain Risk Factors
Source: Interos Inc.
May 21, 2020 – August 14, 2020
AS-POLI Hoover National Fellowship for Sonal Pandya
Source: Leland Stanford Junior University, The
September 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
PLCP 2500: Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3
Special Topics in Comparative Politics.
SOC 2559: New Course in Sociology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of sociology.
PLIR 4410: Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment
Credits: 3
Examines the political economy of foreign direct investment (FDI) including the determinants of FDI and its economic and political consequences. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and ECON 2020.
PLIR 4500: Special Topics in International Relations
Credits: 3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in international relations. Prerequisite: One course in PLIR or instructor permission.
PLAD 4500: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Topics on a variety of Political issues.
PLAD 5500: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Topics on a variety of Political issues.
COMM 5559: New Course in Commerce
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Commerce.
PLCP 5993: Selected Problems in Comparative Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLIR 7000: Core Seminar in International Relations
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of the main schools, theorists, and problems in the study of international relations and foreign policy. It is the core seminar for the international relations sub-field and thus aims to represents its contemporary character.
PLIR 7380: International Political Economy of Trade and Investment
Credits: 3
Examines political economy foundations of international trade and foreign direct investment. Analyzes political patterns in economic flows; sources of national policies; and international cooperation.
GBUS 8008: Democracy and Financial: Politics, Markets, and Institutions
Credits: 3
Today's students likely have an incomplete awareness of the crisis. More broadly, present and future policymakers risk repeating history as the memory of the 2008 crisis fades. It is important that the rising generation of leaders appreciate the causes and consequences of this crisis in anticipation of future crises. Such historical familiarity will be important for the development of leaders in government, business, NGOs, and households.
PLAD 8900: Departmental Pro-Seminar
Credits: 3
For advanced graduate students who have completed core courses in the relevant departmental subfields. Allows students to read, criticize, and discuss with authors a variety of works-in-progress presented by visiting scholars, departmental faculty, and their peers.
PLIR 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.