Thomas Vargas

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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at McMaster University, and I am completing my PhD at the University of Minnesota. My dissertation project looks to uncover why countries reform public education, looking at things like party politics, electoral competition, and international factors. I am Editorial Assistant at the American Political Science Review, and I had the pleasure of serving as Managing Editor for Comparative Political Studies from 2016-2018. For more information, please visit my website.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BSFS: International Politics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • MPP: International Development, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Latin American politics
  • International development
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Social welfare policy including retirement and education