Brian Min is an associate professor of Political Science, as well as Research Associate Professor in the Center for Political Studies and Faculty Affiliate in both the Center for South Asian Studies and the Energy Institute. He studies the political economy of development with an emphasis on distributive politics, public goods provision, and energy politics.
Brian Min is the author of Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research uses high resolution satellite imagery to study the politics of rural electrification across the developing world. He has collaborated closely with the World Bank to develop new methods using remote sensing and statistical algorithms to plan and monitor electrification projects in settings including Senegal, Mali, Kenya, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. His current research focuses on the political targeting of power outages using high frequency satellite data. He holds degrees from Cornell, Harvard, and UCLA.
Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World. 2015. Cambridge University Press.
“Election Cycles and Electricity Provision: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment with Indian Special Elections” (with Thushyanthan Baskaran and Yogesh Uppal). Journal of Public Economics. 2015
“Tracking Electrification in Vietnam Using Nighttime Lights” (with Kwawu Mensan Gaba). Remote Sensing 6(10):9511–9529. 2014
“Electoral Cycles in Electricity Losses in India” (with Miriam Golden). Energy Policy 65:619–625. 2014
“Detection of Rural Electrification in Africa using DMSP-OLS Night Lights Imagery” (with Kwawu Mensan Gaba, Ousmane Fall Sarr, Alassane Agalassou). International Journal of Remote Sensing 34(22):8118-8141. 2013
“Distributive Politics Around the World” (with Miriam Golden). Annual Review of Political Science 16:73–99. 2013