Department of Political Science


Dr Thomas Gift

Thomas Gift
CUSP Director

Lecturer in Political Science

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Thomas Gift is a Lecturer in Political Science at UCL, where he is founding Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP) and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme. Currently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE United States Centre, and he will be a Fellow in Residence at the University of Oxford's Rothermere American Institute in 2020-21. Gift's 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. His writings are published or accepted 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. His work has been supported by the US National Science Foundation and the British Academy. Gift frequently comments on US politics and policy for the media, and his writing has appeared in popular outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Independent, Huffington Post, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, The Hill, and The Conversation. He is regularly interviewed for venues such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, NPR, LBC, Sky News, Euronews, Times Radio, and Voice of America. Previously, Gift was based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he has also been a Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University.


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