I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington.  I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

My areas of specialization include public policy and American politics with an emphasis on agenda-setting, organized interests, and lobbying.

My research (with Daniel Sledge) on the role of non-state actors in natural disaster response and recovery is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Carrier Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the Dirksen Congressional Center, and the UT-Arlington College of Liberal Arts (C2C Program) also support my research.

My book (with Timothy LaPira), Revolving Door Lobbying, provides a comprehensive analysis of former government officials working as lobbyists in Washington and was published by the University Press of Kansas.

My previous research has been published in Policy Studies JournalPublic AdministrationInterest Groups & Advocacy, Cognitive Systems Research, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

I co-direct (with Daniel Sledge) the Health Politics Data Initiative at UT-Arlington, which seeks to build a framework for mapping the ideas, processes, and institutions that shape health politics.

At UT-Arlington, I teach courses on American national government, interest groups and advocacy, research design and political analysis, and public policy analysis.

Contact me at herschel.thomas at uta edu.

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