Thomas Scotto


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Thomas J. Scotto is a Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Strathclyde.  His interests lie in the area of public opinion and applied quantitative methods (particularly structural equation and latent variable modelling).  His recent ESRC and British academy funded work is in the area of cross-national public opinion on matters of foreign policy.  His work on this subject appears in International Studies QuarterlyPolitical BehaviourInternational Relations of the Asia-Pacificand Canadian Foreign Policy.  Professor Scotto's earlier work focused on American and Canadian voting behaviour and he co-authored the University of Toronto Press Book Making Political Choices:  Canada and the United States.  From 2007-2016, he was a member of the Department of Government at the University of Essex where he was the recipient of multiple teaching awards from the Essex Student Union.  His consultancies include work on the development of "open government" indicators for the OECD, on "Parliamentary Strengthening" projects in Mozambique, Ukraine, and Georgia, and on survey design work in the United States and United Kingdom. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University

1 Jun 200231 Dec 2012

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

Master of Arts

15 Aug 199931 Aug 2002

Award Date: 31 Aug 2002

Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Binghamton

15 Aug 199531 May 1999

Award Date: 31 May 1999


  • public opinion
  • foreign policy
  • American Government
  • Canadian Government
  • Structural Equation Modelling
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Latent Variable Modelling
  • Quantitative Methods


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