Thomas M. Flaherty

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

University of California, San Diego

About me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate and NSF Graduate Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I received my M.A. in political science from UCSD in 2018 and my B.A. in political science from UCLA in 2014.

My research explores the political economy of place—or how local economic conditions affect policy preferences and voting behaviors on a wide variety of issues. Guided by economic geography theories, I identify the many ways in which individuals form relationships with the places they live, and I quantify these relationships with spatial and machine learning measurment techniques. My research applies these theoretically-informed measures to reconsider important questions in political economy: does economic exposure to trade affect globalization attitudes, and do these attitudes affect voting; does inequality affect support for redistribution? See my dissertation page for details on how this perspective sheds new light on these enduring issues.

I have published related articles in International Organization, Economics & Politics, and The Review of International Organizations. My research has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Sanford Lakoff Research Fellowship, the Yankelovich Center, and the San Diego Fellowship.