Elizabeth Thom

Elizabeth Thom

PhD Candidate in Government
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Hello! I am a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy and a Malcolm Weiner Scholar in Poverty and Justice.  I study the political economy of rural and rust belt communities in the United States. I am particularly interested in how transitions to the knowledge economy are affecting poverty and inequality in these communities. My work examines the spatial dimensions of welfare state dependence and the political attitudes of beneficiaries. I have conducted field work primarily in Appalachia. I'm currently a TF for "Race in a Polarized America" and I've also TF'd for "American Society and Public Policy." I really enjoy working with students on their class essays and discussing possible thesis topics with them. I would be interested in advising juniors or seniors on topics related to political economy, political parties and representation, the welfare state and inequality in the U.S.

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