Academic Staff

Professor Thomas Scotto

Position in departmentPh.D Director; Division Manager (EPOP); Professional Development Seminar
Staff positionProfessor
Office hoursFriday 11:30 - 13:00 and by appointment (please email

Thomas J. Scotto is Professor of Government, University of Essex.  His research is in the area of public opinion on forieng policy and international affairs.  At Essex since 2007, he is the author of journal articles appearing in such outlets as Public Opinion Quarterly, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly and Electoral Studies.  His co-authored book, Making Political Choices:  Canada and the United States was published by the University of Toronto Press, and his co-edited volume, The Canadian Election Studies, was published by The University of British Columbia Press.  His main research project, supported by the ESRC, seeks to understand and measure citizen foreign policy attitudes across six western democracies.  He is part of a Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) advising human resource firms on their measurement of values and employee traits.


Ph.D. Duke University, 2005 in Political Science

M.A. Duke University, 2002
Tested Fields: American Politics, Political Methodology
Theme Field: Comparative Political Behaviour

B.A. State University of New York at Binghamton, 1999
Summa Cum Laude with Highest Departmental Honors in Political Science

Current research

1. Studying patterns of party support in western democracies using Mixed Latent Markov Modelling

2. ESRC funded project studying foreign policy attitudes in western democracies.

Research interests

American and Canadian Voting Behaviour

Foreign policy attitudes and public opinion

Latent Variable Modelling

Teaching responsibilities

 GV261:  The American Political System (The American Primary System in Perspective)

 GV994: Doctoral Student Seminar

GV832:  Directed Undergraduate Collaborate Research

GV836:  Student Placements with Essex County Council and Political Parties

PublicationsLink to publications for Thomas Scotto

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