Henry Thomson is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. He is a political economist with a research focus on authoritarian rule and transitions to democracy. He is currently completing a book on the secret police agencies of Communist Eastern and Central Europe from 1945-1989.
Before joining ASU, Thomson was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation won the 2015 Juan Linz Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democratization from the American Political Science Association. He has been a visiting scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, at Australian National University and at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Berlin.
Professor Thomson teaches classes on Democratization, Political Economy, International Political Economy and social science research design.
He is also a Faculty Honors Advisor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. More information on the writing an Honors thesis in SPGS, click here.