Dr. Hahrie Han

Political Scientist, Author, Professor


About Hahrie

Dr. Hahrie Han is the Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2005-2015, she was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University from 2009-2011. She specializes in the politics of environmental and social policy, focusing particularly on the role that civic associations play in mobilizing participation in politics and policy advocacy.

In addition to many award-winning articles, Hahrie has published three books, How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st CenturyGroundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Activists Transformed Campaigns in America, and Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics.  Her most recent book, How Organizations Develop Activists, examines what kinds of strategies are most effective for organizations to use in engaging activists and building movements.

She received her Ph.D. in American Politics from Stanford University in 2005 and her B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard University in 1997. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2002-2005 and received Stanford University’s Centennial Teaching Award in 2002 and Wellesley College’s Apgar Award for Innovative Teaching in 2006. She is the daughter of Korean immigrants, grew up in Houston, Texas, and now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and two children.