About

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 in 2015.

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

My ongoing work also explores substantive applications in public health.  In a project funded by the National Science Foundation, Daniel Sledge and I examine the role of non-state actors in natural disaster response and recovery.  Another project models disparities in the mobilization of disease-specific advocacy organizations.

In addition to the NSF, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, the Dirksen Congressional Center, and the UT-Arlington College of Liberal Arts (C2C Program) have supported 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. Follow-up research explores “shadow lobbying” as well as gender dynamics and representation in the lobbying profession.

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