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).

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.

Previously, I was based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and I have also held visiting fellowships and appointments at Stanford, Oxford, and LSE.

I received my PhD in political science from Duke.


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