Department of Political Science

Dr Tom Pegram

Dr Tom Pegram

Associate Professor in Global Governance

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st May 2013

Research summary

Tom's research focuses on global/transnational governance, regulatory politics and international organizations, with a emphasis on human rights, international standards, and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). His research has featured in the journals International Organization, the European Journal of International Relations, the American Journal of International Law, Governance, Global Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, among others. His article (with Prof. Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law), ‘What Works in Human Rights Institutions’, published in AJIL, won the International Studies Association’s Diplomatic Studies Section Article Award 2018. He is the co-editor (with Prof. Ryan Goodman, NYU) of Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is also co-editor (with Prof. David Coen, UCL) of Major Works Collection: Global Governance II (Routledge, 2018). He is the author of various book chapters, policy intervention reports, and his articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Washington Post (Monkey Cage) and The Conversation.

Teaching summary

Tom teaches the following courses on the MSc in Global Governance and Ethics and the MA in Human Rights at the Department of Political Science:

PUBL0061: Global Governance
PUBL0035: Human Rights Politics and Practice


Dr Tom Pegram is Associate Professor in Global Governance and the Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute. Prior to joining UCL in September 2013, he was Assistant Professor in Political Science (International Relations) at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Policy Institute. Dr Pegram has held research fellowships at New York University and Harvard University Law Schools and holds a DPhil in Politics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.