Denise van der Kamp


Graduate Students

Personal Statement: 

Denise van der Kamp is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in comparative politics, East Asia, and political methodology. Her research interests broadly include state capacity, regulatory reform and bureaucratic politics in developing countries, with a focus on environmental governance.

Denise’s dissertation project explores local obstacles to environmental regulation in China, focusing on the trade-offs regulators face in budget-poor environments. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as UC Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies and the Institute of International Studies.

Prior to beginning her Ph.D. at Berkeley, Denise worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan from 2010-2011 and with environmental NGOs in Beijing from 2007-2009. She also received her M.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, and her B.A. from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Denise was born and raised in Hong Kong. 

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Kevin O'Brien
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
East Asia