Department of Political Science


Popular Writings

Hilliard, Nadia. Nov. 4, 2020. "US election: why democratic legitimacy remains at stake." The Conversation. 

Gift, Thomas. Aug. 7, 2020. "Trump's Electoral Fortunes May Hinge on Whether He Can Distract Voters from His Handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic." LSE USAPP.

Gift, Thomas. July 22, 2020. "Trump May be Behind in the Polls, but the 2020 Election Is Far from Over." LSE USAPP.

Gift, Thomas. July 11, 2020. "Trump’s Mismanagement of the US COVID-19 Response May Have Eroded His International Reputation – Not That He Cares." LSE USApp.

Gift. Thomas. July 6, 2020. "As Trump’s Poll Slump Continues, Expect Him to Continue to Go Negative as the Election Approaches." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. June 17, 2020. "COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter Have Put Trump on the Back Foot, but It’s Too Early to Say That He's Lost His Loyal Base." LSE USApp.

Norman, Julie. June 9, 2020. "Why 'defund the police' Could Backfire." The Hill.

Provost, Colin. Apr. 1, 2020. "Democrats Should Run – and Run Hard – on Health Care." Globe Post.

Tama, Jordan, Joshua Busby, Brendan Helm, Craig Kafura, Joshua D. Kertzer, Jonathan Monten, and Dina Smeltz. Mar. 5, 2020. "Coming Together or Coming Apart? Attitudes of Foreign Policy Opinion Leaders and the Public in the Trump Era." Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Norman, Julie. Jan 3, 2020. "The Soleimani Assassination Was Short-sighted for US Strategy and Destabilizing for Iraq and the Region." The Hill.

Norman, Julie. Jan. 31, 2020. "Trump’s Middle East Peace Deal is Anything But." LSE USAPP.

Gift, Thomas and Andrew Bell. Jan. 10, 2020. "Trump’s Casual Approach to War Crimes Has Grave Implications." Political Violence @ a Glance.

Gift, Thomas and Andrew Bell. Dec. 31, 2019. "The Unpardonable Pardon of Eddie Gallagher." The Hill.

Bell, Andrew and Thomas Gift. Dec. 5, 2019. "War Crime Pardons and What They Mean for the Military." War on the Rocks.

Gift, Thomas and Andrew Miner. Dec. 4, 2019. "A Modest Proposal for America’s Teens." Wall Street Journal.

Bell, Andrew and Thomas Gift. Nov. 15, 2019. "Pardoning War Crimes Dishonors the Military." The Hill.

Gift, Thomas. Nov. 11, 2019. "Michael Bloomberg is Eyeing the White House: Here Are the Strengths—and Weaknesses—of His Candidacy." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. Oct. 23, 2019. "Why Trump Can’t Win the Trade War." The National Interest.

Gift, Thomas. Oct. 14, 2019. "Republicans Have More Political Leeway to Impeach Donald Trump Than They Think." The Conversation.

Gift, Thomas. Oct. 7, 2019. "Will Democrats Win the Politics of Impeachment? It Depends on Their Strategy." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. Sept. 30, 2019. "The Trump Impeachment Inquiry Could Quickly Narrow the Democratic Field by Making Joe Biden the Presumptive Nominee." LSE USApp.

Provost, Colin and Paul Nolette. Sept. 21, 2019. "The Opioid Litigation Has More Than 2,000 Plaintiffs. Here What That Means behind the Scenes." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Gift, Thomas. Sept. 5, 2019. "Americans Prefer Gun Control, But Few Prioritise It." The Conversation.

Gift, Thomas. Sept. 4, 2019. "China Has Reasons to Keep Fighting a Trade War." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Gift, Thomas. Aug. 19, 2019. "Naming Mass Shootings as a Homeland Security Issue May be the Democrats' Best Chance for Gun Reform." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. Aug. 9, 2019. "Americans Lack the Stomach for a Protracted Trade War with China." LSE USApp.

Busby, Joshua, Craig Kafura, Jonathan Monten, and Jordan Tama. May 10, 2019. "Why Politicians Do Care What the UN Thinks." OUPblog.

Tama, Jordan, Joshua Busby, Craig Kafura, Joshua D. Kertzer, and Jonathan Monten. Apr. 3, 2019. "Congress Has NATO’s Back, Despite Trump’s Unilateralism." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Gift, Thomas and Jonathan Monten. Mar. 26, 2019. "US Public Is Far Less Isolationist Than Experts, Especially the Media, Think." The Conversation.

Gift, Thomas. Feb. 12, 2019. "Why Declaring a National Emergency to Build a Border Wall Could Set Donald Trump on the Road to Impeachment." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. Feb. 4. 2019. "If Donald Trump Wants To Call A National Emergency Over His Wall, Here’s Why Republicans Shouldn’t Support Him." Huffington Post.

Gift, Thomas. Feb. 1, 2019. "Republicans in Congress May be the Best Positioned to Stop Trump from Declaring a National Emergency." LSE USApp.

Gift, Thomas. Jan. 26, 2019. "Trump Has Caved and Reopened the Government, but at a Huge Cost to the Republicans." The Independent.

Gift, Thomas. Jan. 22, 2019. "US Government Shutdown: Trump’s Insecurity Is the Biggest Obstacle to a Solution." The Conversation.

Gift, Thomas and Jonathan Monten. Jan. 7, 2019. "Trump’s Base Does Not Support Withdrawing US Troops from Syria; Americans Continue to Favor International Engagement." LSE USApp.

Provost, Colin. Dec. 24, 2018. "Are American States Still Laboratories of Democracy?" The Globe Post.

Provost, Colin. Nov. 14, 2018. "US Midterms: What They Mean for Healthcare and the 2020 Presidential Race." The Conversation.

Carlos X. Lastra-Anadon and Thomas Gift. Oct. 9, 2018. "Ivy Leaguers Rule America. Liberals Don’t Seem to Mind. Conservatives Do." LSE USApp.

Provost, Colin and Brian J. Gerber. Sept. 18, 2018. "In the U.S., Black, Brown, and Poor People Suffer the Most from Environmental Contamination." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Hilliard, Nadia. June 18, 2018. "Last Week’s IG Report about the FBI Made a Big Splash. Here’s What You Need to Know about Inspectors General." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Norman, Julie. Aug. 28, 2017. "Youth Radicalization Is on the Rise. Here's What We Know About Why." Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Smeltz, Dina, Karl Friedhoff, Craig Kafura, Joshua Busby, and Jonathan Monten. Apr. 20, 2017. "The Foreign Policy Establishment or Donald Trump: Which Better Reflects American Opinion?" Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Norman, Julie. Apr. 10, 2017. "The Air Strikes Were Justified. Trump’s Policymaking Is Still Dangerously Unpredictable." Open Democracy.

Norman, Julie. Jan. 30, 2017. "Trump Is Creating a Real Threat to Security by Trumpeting a False One." Open Democracy.

Norman, Julie. Nov. 18, 2016. "How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resisted Obama’s Efforts." The Conversation.

Busby, Joshua, Craig Kafura, Jonathan Monten, Dina Smeltz, and Jordan Tama. Nov. 7, 2016. "How the Elite Misjudge the US Electorate on International Engagement." RealClearWorld.

Krcmaric, Daniel and Thomas Gift. Nov. 13, 2015. "Say You’re Leading a Country. Does Having a Western Education Matter?" Washington Post (Monkey Cage).

Howard, Jeffrey. Aug. 1, 2015. "Death Penalty: Is Capital Punishment Morally Justified?" The Conversation.

Busby, Joshua, Jonathan Monten, Jordan Tama, Dina Smeltz, and Craig Kafura. June 9, 2015. "Measuring Up: How Elites and the Public See U.S. Foreign Policy." Foreign Affairs Snapshot.

Smeltz, Dina, Craig Kafura, Joshua Busby, Gregory Holyk, and Jonathan Monten. June 2, 2015. "United in Goals, Divided on Means: Opinion Leaders Chicago Council Survey Results 2014." Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Howard, Jeffrey and Ben Saunders. Mar. 4, 2015. "Debate: Do Citizens Have a Moral Duty to Vote?" The Conversation.

Busby, Joshua, Jonathan Monten, Jordan Tama, and William Inboden. Jan. 28, 2013. "Congress is Already Post-Partisan: Agreement Across the Aisle on U.S. Foreign Policy." Foreign Affairs Snapshot.

Downes, Alexander B. and Jonathan Monten. Sept. 1, 2012. "Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Is Rarely a Path to Democracy." Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Policy Brief.

Busby, Joshua, Jonathan Monten, and William Inboden. May 30, 2012. "Already Post-Partisan: Why Politics Does Stop at the Water’s Edge." Foreign Affairs Snapshot.