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Michael Thom, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor-Instructional-Non-Tenure Track
SchoolSol Price School of Public Policy
Phone+1 213 740 1010
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    Mike joined the University of Southern California following completion of his Ph.D. in public policy and American politics. His dissertation, “Pension Politics: Partisan Influences on Public Sector Pensions,” found several connections between states’ political environments and pension outcomes, including funding levels and reform enactments. Before doctoral study, Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics with high honor from Michigan State University.

    At Price, Mike most often teaches an undergraduate course, Government and Business, and one graduate course, Public Financial Management and Budgeting. He also teaches two additional graduate courses, Public Administration and Society and, most recently, Finance of the Public Sector. His research continues to focus on pension reform, public finance and public policy.

    Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, hiking, watching college basketball and football, and is an avid member of CrossFit.

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    1. Churchill ER, Dytham C, Thom MDF. Differing effects of age and starvation on reproductive performance in Drosophila melanogaster. Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 15; 9(1):2167. PMID: 30770855.
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