Program Affiliations

  • Center for Latin American Studies

Professional Education

  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, International Relations (1992)
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford, Politics (1994)
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Political Science (2001)


  • How do Israeli Leaders Think About Foreign Policy?, Stanford University

    This project examines how Israeli leaders think about foreign policy. We are especially interested in measuring the impact of public opinion on leaders' opinions and policy outcomes. When deciding whether to use military force, for example, how much weight do leaders give to the preferences of the mass public? Under what conditions would leaders use military force despite public opposition, and under what conditions would they refrain from military actions that a majority of citizens wanted? We will address these questions by administering a survey to current and former members of the Israeli Knesset.


    Jerusalem, Israel


    • Keren Yarhi-Milo, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Japanese Public Opinion about Foreign and Domestic Policy, Stanford University

    This project will study what Japanese citizens think about foreign policy. It will use online polling to investigate public attitudes toward a variety of foreign policy issues, including war, military alliances, trade, the environment, poverty, foreign aid, and international law. Our surveys will also measure opinions about domestic issues, including political parties, economic policies, and social policies.


    Tokyo, Japan


    • Masaru Kohno, Professor of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

All Publications

  • Does Private Regulation Preempt Public Regulation? AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Malhotra, N., Monin, B., Tomz, M. 2019; 113 (1): 19–37
  • Why Don't Trade Preferences Reflect Economic Self-Interest? INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Rho, S., Tomz, M. 2017; 71: S85-S108
  • Conditional Cooperation and Climate Change COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES Tingley, D., Tomz, M. 2014; 47 (3): 344-368
  • Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Tomz, M. R., Weeks, J. L. 2013; 107 (4): 849-865
  • Empirical Research on Sovereign Debt and Default ANNUAL REVIEW OF ECONOMICS, VOL 5 Tomz, M., Wright, M. L. 2013; 5: 247-272
  • International Finance Handbook of International Relations Tomz, M. 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 Tomz, M., Wright, M. edited by Hogan, W., Sturzenegger, F. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2010
  • The Electoral Implications of Candidate Ambiguity AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Tomz, M., Van Houweling, R. P. 2009; 103 (1): 83-98
  • The Foundations of Domestic Audience Costs: Attitudes, Expectations, and Institutions Kitai, Seido, Gurobaru-shakai (Expectations, Institutions, and Global Society) Tomz, M. edited by Kohno, M., Tanaka, A. Tokyo: Keiso-Shobo. 2009: 85–97
  • Candidate positioning and voter choice AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Tomz, M., Van Houweling, R. P. 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 Tomz, M., Goldstein, J. L., Rivers, D. AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC. 2007: 2005–18
  • Domestic audience costs in international relations: An experimental approach INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Tomz, M. 2007; 61 (4): 821-840
  • Do countries default in "bad times"? 21th Annual Congress of the European-Economic-Association Tomz, M., Wright, M. L. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2007: 352–60
  • Institutions in International Relations: Understanding the effects of the GATT and the WTO on world trade Annual Meeting of the American-Political-Science-Association Goldstein, J. L., Rivers, D., Tomz, M. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2007: 37–67
  • Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries Tomz, M. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2007
  • How does voting equipment affect the racial gap in voided ballots? AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Tomz, M., Van Houweling, R. P. 2003; 47 (1): 46-60
  • Clarify: Software for Interpreting and Presenting Statistical Results Journal of Statistical Software Tomz, M., Wittenberg, J., King, G. 2003; 8 (1)
  • Relogit: Rare Events Logistic Regression Journal of Statistical Software Tomz, M., King, G., Zeng, L. 2003; 8 (2)
  • Clarify: Software for Interpreting and Presenting Statistical Results Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics Tomz, M., Wittenberg, J., King, G. 2003; 12 (1): 245–246
  • Relogit: Rare Events Logistic Regression Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics Tomz, M. 2003; 12 (1): 246–247
  • An Easy and Accurate Regression Model for Multiparty Electoral Data Political Analysis Tomz, M., Tucker, J., Wittenberg, J. 2002; 10 (1): 66–83
  • Making the most of statistical analyses: Improving interpretation and presentation AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE King, G., Tomz, M., Wittenberg, J. 2000; 44 (2): 347-361
  • Modern Political Economy and Latin America: Theory and Policy Tomz, M. 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 Scheve, K., Tomz, M. 1999; 29: 507-521
  • The long-run advantages of centralization for collective action: A comment 54th Annual Meeting of the Midwest-Political-Science-Association Schwartz, E. P., Tomz, M. R. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 1997: 685–93