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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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University

1 Jun 200231 Dec 2012

Master of Arts

15 Aug 199931 Aug 2002

Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Binghamton

15 Aug 199531 May 1999


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

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2004 2020

Personality traits and foreign policy attitudes: a cross-national exploratory study

Gravelle, T. B., Reifler, J. & Scotto, T. J., 15 Jan 2020, In : Personality and Individual Differences . 153, 8 p., 109607.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

personality traits
foreign policy
political psychology
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How political are national identities? A comparison of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany in the 2010s

Mader, M., Scotto, T. J., Reifler, J., Gries, P. H., Isernia, P. & Schoen, H., 19 Sep 2018, In : Research and Politics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
political identity
national identity
political ideology