Thomas Gift | UCL

Thomas Gift

I am Associate Professor of Political Science at University College London (UCL), where I am founding Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP) and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) programme. Currently, I am a Fellow in Residence at Oxford's Rothermere American Institute. Previously, I was based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and I have also held visiting appointments at Stanford and the London School of Economics. I received my PhD in political science from Duke.

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on US politics, public policy, and applications of survey and experimental methods. My writings are published in journals such as Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, Governance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, World Affairs, Annual Review of Political Science, World Economy, and elsewhere. I have received funding from the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of State, and the British Academy.

I frequently comment on US politics and policy for the media, and my writing has appeared in popular outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Independent, Huffington Post, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, The Hill, and The Conversation. I have done hundreds of television and radio interviews for leading US, UK, and international venues such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, NPR, LBC, Bloomberg, Sky News, France 24, Euronews, Times Radio, Monocle 24, and Voice of America.


Centre on US Politics

Department of Political Science

UCL School of Public Policy


Twitter: @TGiftiv

Courses Taught

Public Policy Economics & Analysis

A fundamental look at the role of economics and its application to policy, with an emphasis on topics like market failures, trade-offs, taxation, and rationality in consumer and firm behavior.


An examination of 21st-century globalization through the lens of key political, economic, and social outcomes related to issues such as trade, migration, democratization, and labor markets.

PPE Capstone

Interdisciplinary final-year course for students concentrating in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) that synthesizes key methodological and theoretical approaches to the different subjects.

Research Interests

American Politics

Comparative Politics

Political Economy

Public Policy

Political Behavior

Survey Experiments

Education & Human Capital