Strom Thacker

Faculty Fellow
Associate Dean of the Faculty, Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, International Relations and Political Science, Boston University


BA, Pomona College; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


International and comparative political economy, governance, development, Latin American studies, Mexican political economy and politics

Strom Thacker



Prof. Thacker’s research and teaching focus broadly on questions of political economy, governance and development, with a regional focus on Mexico and Latin America.  His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Business and Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Global Public HealthInternational Organization, the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, and World Politics. He also has an ongoing interest in the politics of foreign aid and lending, and the International Monetary Fund. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Prof. Thacker has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University, a Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and a Fulbright Scholar. He has also received research grants funded by BU’s SPRInG program, BU’s Pardee Center , the Mellon Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the University of North Carolina . He taught at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) before his appointment to Boston University.