Andrea Simonelli

Andrea Simonelli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Thrust 4 Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environment

(804) 828-8038

827 Franklin St, Founders Hall, Room 317

Office hours: By appointment

Curriculum vitae


Human Migration



  • Ph.D., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2012
  • M.A., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2010
  • B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan State University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Climate Migration and Displacement

Select Publications

  • Andrea C. Simonelli and Kaitlyn Novalski, "Rainbows of Comfort in Rising Seas: How Literalist Bible Interpretations Impact Climate Change understandings in the Marshall Islands”, Weather, Climate, and Society, 2023
  • “Earth System Law: Standing on the Precipice of the Anthropocene”, Edited by: T. Cadman, M. Hurlbert, and A. C. Simonelli, Routledge (Challenges in Globalisation Series) 2021
  • Andrea C. Simonelli, “A Comparative Case Study of Environmental Governance in Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands” in Governance in Small States, Routledge, Editors: Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada, and Wouter Veenendaal (2020)
  • Ilan Kelman; Justyna Orlowska; Himani Upadhyay; Robert Stojanov; Christian Webersik; Andrea C. Simonelli; David Procházka and Daniel NÄ›mec (2019). "Does climate change influence people's migration decisions in Maldives?", Climatic Change, 153(1-2), 285-299
  • Andrea C. Simonelli, “Governing Climate Induced Migration and Displacement: IGO Expansion and Global Policy Implications”, Palgrave Macmillan (International Political Economy Series), London, 2015


  • Board Member, The National Transparency Project
  • Founder, Adaptation Strategies International
  • Member, Research and Independent Non-governmental Organizations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Member, Earth System Governance Asia-Pacific Working Group
  • Associate, Stanford University's Millennium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere 


  • Research Methods
  • Environmental Security
  • Human Security
  • Lobbying