Michael Thom, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor (Teaching), Director of DPPD Program
SchoolUSC Sol Price School of Public Policy
AddressRGL 232
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0626
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. Can additional funding improve mental health outcomes? Evidence from a synthetic control analysis of California's millionaire tax. PLoS One. 2022; 17(7):e0271063. Thom M. PMID: 35895624; PMCID: PMC9328510.
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    2. Social and physical environment independently affect oviposition decisions in Drosophila. Behav Ecol. 2021 Nov-Dec; 32(6):1391-1399. Churchill ER, Dytham C, Bridle JR, Thom MDF. PMID: 34949961; PMCID: PMC8691557.
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    3. Differing effects of age and starvation on reproductive performance in Drosophila melanogaster. Sci Rep. 2019 02 15; 9(1):2167. Churchill ER, Dytham C, Thom MDF. PMID: 30770855; PMCID: PMC6377613.
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