Thomas Gift | UCL

Thomas Gift

I am a Lecturer of Political Science and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme at University College London. My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on applications of experimental methods.

My writings are published in journals such as Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Annual Review of Political Science, and World Economy, among others. My work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the British Academy.

Previously, I was based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.


Department of Political Science

UCL School of Public Policy

31 Tavistock Square

London, UK WC1H 9QU


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

Comparative Public Policy

Political Economy

Political Behavior

Survey Experiments

Education & Human Capital

American Politics