USC Price School of Public Policy

Michael Thom

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 232
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

Phone: (213) 740-1010


Ph.D. in Political Science

Michigan State University


Taxation; public finance; regulatory policy; public policy analysis; political philosophy

Biographical sketch

Mike joined the University of Southern California in 2012. Since then, his research has focused on taxation, public sector pensions, and policy diffusion. His first book, Tax Politics and Policy, was published in 2017. At Price, Mike most often teaches an undergraduate course, Government and Business, and one graduate course, Finance of the Public Sector. He also teaches two additional graduate courses, Public Administration and Society and Public Financial Management and Budgeting. Beyond research and teaching, Mike enjoys hiking, photography, reading, and watching college sports.

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