Henry Thomson

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902
Faculty Affiliate
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3902

Biography

Henry Thomson is an assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism and democratization. He has a special interest in role which agriculture plays in processes of development and democratization. He has published articles on variation in agricultural policy across political regime type and the role of landholding inequality in promoting civil conflict and authoritarian repression. He is also interested in collective mobilization and repression under authoritarian regimes. From 2014-2017, he was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and has been a DAAD Fellow in Berlin. 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 and his 2016 article on landholding inequality and civil conflict won the Best Paper in International Relations Award from the Midwest Political Science Association. He teaches classes in Comparative Politics, Political Economy and International Relations.

Education

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • M.A. International Relations, Berlin, Germany
  • B.A. (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington

Publications

2020. "The Authoritarian Governor's Dilemma: Controlling the Secret Police in Socialist Poland and East Germany" in Abbott, Zangl, Snidal and Genschel (Eds.), The Governor's Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

2019. Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability (New York: Cambridge University Press).

2019. "Conflict Termination, Signals of State Weakness and Violent Urban Social Disorder in the Developing World." in Third World Thematics 4(2-3): 94-113.

2018. “Grievances, Mobilization and Mass Opposition to Authoritarian Regimes: A Sub National Analysis of East Germany’s 1953 Abbreviated Revolution.” In Comparative Political Studies 51(12): 1594-1627.

2017. “Food and Power: Agricultural Policy Under Democracy and Dictatorship.” In Comparative Politics 49(2):273-293.

2017. “Repression, Redistribution and the Problem of Authoritarian Control: Responses to the 17 June Uprising in Socialist East Germany.” In East European Politics & Societies 31(1): 68-92.

2016. “Rural Grievances, Landholding Inequality and Civil Conflict.” In International Studies Quarterly 60(3):511-519. Winner, best paper in International Relations, MPSA 2016.

2015. “Landholding Inequality, Political Strategy, and Authoritarian Repression: Structure and Agency in Bismarck’s ‘Second Founding’ of the German Empire.” In Studies in Comparative International Development 50(1):73-97.

2013. “Universal, Unequal Suffrage: Authoritarian Vote-Seat Malapportionment in the1907 Austrian Electoral Reform.” In Marija Wakounig and Markus P. Beham (eds.), Transgressing Boundaries: Humanities in Flux (Vienna: LIT Verlag).

Courses

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 503Empirical Political Inquiry
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 586Intl Political Economy
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 486Internatl Political Economy
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 503Empirical Political Inquiry
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 485Political Economy
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 486Internatl Political Economy
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 586Intl Political Economy
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 485Political Economy
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 486Internatl Political Economy