Thom joined the University of Southern California following the completion of his Ph.D. in political science at Michigan State University. His dissertation, “Pension Politics: Partisan Influences on Public Sector Pensions,” found several connections between states’ political environments and pension outcomes. Before doctoral study, Thom earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with high honor from MSU.

At USC, Thom teaches courses on public finance and government regulation. His research on pensions and public policy has appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Personnel Management, State and Local Government Review, the American Review of Public Administration, and the PA Times, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration.

From Dr. Michael Thom

State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable

Funding liabilities would cost $5,400 per capita … more

Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy