Robert Y. Shum, Ph.D

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5673
Office: Hartwell Hall 207 B


Robert Shum teaches courses at the intersections of politics with law and public policy. He applies a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to his current research interests in energy and environmental policy, to which he also brings his prior experience of legal and policy processes in practice, as a participant in international trade negotiations with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and, before that, as a specialist in international trade and finance policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 2011
  • M.P.P., Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2001
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1998
  • B.A., McGill University, 1995

Courses Taught

  • PLS 111 Introduction to International Relations
  • PLS 312 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PLS 318 State and Local Government
  • PLS 328 Politics of Energy
  • PLS 410 International Political Economy
  • PLS 412 Public Policy
  • PLS 427 Environmental Policy
  • PLS 445 International Law and Organizations