Department of Political Science


Dr Tom O'Grady

Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science 
Room: 2.06, 36-38 Grodon Sq.
Tel: 020 7679 8660 (x28660)


I have been a Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science at UCL since 2017. Before that, I did my PhD in political science at MIT.


My research focuses on political economy, political behaviour and political parties in the UK and Europe. At the moment, I am mainly working on a book on the politics of welfare reforms in the UK since the 1980s, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship: see here for more information on the project. I am also currently working on the political economy of housing policy and on the changing age structure of European societies. Past projects have examined measuring long-term ideological change in Europe, attitudes to redistribution and the welfare state, and the politics of class including the lack of working-class MPs in British politics. 

  • Forthcoming. ‘Explaining the relationship between class position and political preferences: A long-term panel analysis of intra-generational class mobility.’ (with Peter Egge Langsaether and Geoffrey Evans) British Journal of Political Science
  • 2019. ‘Not so Responsive after all: European Parties do not Respond to Public Opinion Shifts across Multiple Issue Dimensions’ (with Tarik Abou-Chadi) Research and Politics 6 (4) [link]
  • 2019. ‘How do Economic Circumstances Determine Preferences? Evidence From Long-Run Panel Data.’ British Journal of Political Science 49 (4), pp. 1381-1406 [link]
  • 2019. ‘Policy Ideology in European Mass Publics: 1981-2016’ (with Devin Caughey and Chris Warshaw). American Political Science Review 113 (3), pp. 674-693 [link]
  • 2019. ‘Careerists versus Coal-Miners: Welfare Reforms and the Substantive Representation of Social Groups in the British Labour Party.’ Comparative Political Studies 52 (4) pp. 544-578 [link]
  • 2018. ‘Ideology, Grandstanding, and Strategic Party Disloyalty in the British Parliament’ (with Jon Slapin, Justin Kirkland, Joseph Lazzaro and Patrick Leslie). American Political Science Review 112 (1), pp. 15-30 [link]

At UCL, I am based in political science but mainly teach on the cross-department QStep initiative, which offers cutting-edge instruction in quantitative methods and data science for undergraduates across the social sciences. I also teach a graduate module on political behaviour.