About

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University.

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 and was an Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2015-2020.

I specialize in public policy with research on interest groups, lobbying, agenda-setting, and public health. My research on non-state actors and disaster response has been funded by two National Science Foundation RAPID grants.

I have published in the American Journal of Public Health, Policy Studies Journal, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, Public AdministrationPolitical Research Quarterly, Interest Groups & Advocacy, Politics & Gender, Cognitive Systems Research, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

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 in 2017.

Additionally, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the Dirksen Congressional Center, the UT-Arlington College of Liberal Arts (C2C Program), the WVU Research Office (RSA Program), and the WVU Undergraduate Research Office (SURE Program) have supported my research.

I teach courses on interest groups and advocacy, research design, agenda-setting, public policy analysis, policy implementation, and public administration. At the University of Texas at Arlington, in 2019, I received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Contact me at herschel.thomas @ mail.wvu.edu. Current students may schedule Zoom office hours appointments via: https://calendly.com/herschelfthomas.

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