Michael Tomz is the William Bennett Munro Professor in Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, and the Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
Tomz has published in the fields of international relations, American politics, comparative politics, and statistical methods. He is the author of Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries and numerous articles in political science and economics journals.
Tomz received the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award, given to a scholar who, within 10 years of earning a Ph.D., has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He has also won the Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods; the Jack L. Walker Award for the best article on Political Organizations and Parties; the best paper award from the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; the best paper award from the APSA section on Experimental Research; and the Okidata Best Research Software Award. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.
Tomz has received numerous teaching awards, including the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Cox Medal for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. In 2017 he received Stanford’s highest teaching honor, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching. He founded and continues to direct the Summer Research College program for undergraduates in political science.
Tomz holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Hoover Institution, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and the International Monetary Fund.
Professor, Political Science
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Program in International Relations
B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, International Relations (1992)
M.Phil., University of Oxford, Politics (1994)
Ph.D., Harvard University, Political Science (2001)
- Public Opinion and Foreign Electoral Intervention AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2020; 114 (3): 856–73
- Public Opinion and Decisions About Military Force in Democracies INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 2020; 74 (1): 119–43
- Human Rights and Public Support for War JOURNAL OF POLITICS 2020; 82 (1): 182–94
- International commitments and domestic opinion: the effect of the Paris Agreement on public support for policies to address climate change ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS 2019
- Does Private Regulation Preempt Public Regulation? AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2019; 113 (1): 19–37
- Why Don't Trade Preferences Reflect Economic Self-Interest? INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 2017; 71: S85-S108
- Conditional Cooperation and Climate Change COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES 2014; 47 (3): 344-368
- Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2013; 107 (4): 849-865
- Empirical Research on Sovereign Debt and Default ANNUAL REVIEW OF ECONOMICS, VOL 5 2013; 5: 247-272
- International Finance Handbook of International Relations edited by Carlsnaes, W., Risse, T., Simmmons, B. New York: Sage. 2012; 2nd: 692–719
- Sovereign Theft: Theory and Evidence about Default and Expropriation The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment edited by Hogan, W., Sturzenegger, F. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2010
- The Electoral Implications of Candidate Ambiguity AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2009; 103 (1): 83-98
- The Foundations of Domestic Audience Costs: Attitudes, Expectations, and Institutions Kitai, Seido, Gurobaru-shakai (Expectations, Institutions, and Global Society) edited by Kohno, M., Tanaka, A. Tokyo: Keiso-Shobo. 2009: 85–97
- Candidate positioning and voter choice AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 2008; 102 (3): 303-318
Do we really know that the WTO increases trade? Comment
8th Annual Conference of the International-Society-for-New-Institutional-Economics
AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC. 2007: 2005–18
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- Domestic audience costs in international relations: An experimental approach INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 2007; 61 (4): 821-840
Do countries default in "bad times"?
21th Annual Congress of the European-Economic-Association
WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2007: 352–60
View details for Web of Science ID 000246573600005
- Institutions in International Relations: Understanding the effects of the GATT and the WTO on world trade Annual Meeting of the American-Political-Science-Association CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2007: 37–67
- Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2007
- Clarify: Software for Interpreting and Presenting Statistical Results Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 2003; 12 (1): 245–246
- Clarify: Software for Interpreting and Presenting Statistical Results Journal of Statistical Software 2003; 8 (1)
- Relogit: Rare Events Logistic Regression Journal of Statistical Software 2003; 8 (2)
- Relogit: Rare Events Logistic Regression Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 2003; 12 (1): 246–247
How does voting equipment affect the racial gap in voided ballots?
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
2003; 47 (1): 46-60
View details for Web of Science ID 000181804700004
- An Easy and Accurate Regression Model for Multiparty Electoral Data Political Analysis 2002; 10 (1): 66–83
Making the most of statistical analyses: Improving interpretation and presentation
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
2000; 44 (2): 347-361
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- Modern Political Economy and Latin America: Theory and Policy edited by Frieden, J., Pastor, M., Tomz, M. Boulder: Westview Press. 2000
Electoral surprise and the midterm loss in US congressional elections
BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
1999; 29: 507-521
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The long-run advantages of centralization for collective action: A comment
54th Annual Meeting of the Midwest-Political-Science-Association
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 1997: 685–93
View details for Web of Science ID A1997XV70700012