Department of Political Science


Dr Thomas Gift

Thomas Gift
CUSP Director

Associate Professor

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Thomas Gift is Associate Professor of Political Science, founding Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP), and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) programme at UCL. An expert on US politics, his research focuses on political behavior, public policy, and applications of survey and experimental methods. Gift's writings are published or forthcoming at leading scholarly journals such as Political Behavior, Political Science Research and Methods, Electoral Studies, Governance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Policy Analysis, World Affairs, Annual Review of Political Science, World Economy, and elsewhere. He has received funding from the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of State, and the British Academy. Gift frequently offers expert analysis on US politics for the media, and he has made hundreds of television, radio, and news appearances for top UK, US, and global venues including CNN, BBC, CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, Sky News, and Voice of America. He has written scores of articles for major outlets like Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Newsweek. Gift has held fellowships or visiting appointments at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and LSE. He holds a PhD in political science from Duke.


  • American politics
  • Elections
  • Public opinion
  • Democracy
  • US foreign policy
  • Economic policy