About Mike

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Michigan.

My research focuses on authoritarian legal systems. In particular, I work on information sharing, the forces that shape policy adaptation, and the historical evolution of legal institutions in China. I explore these questions using a mix of observational methods and formal modeling, with a special interest in computational text methods.

I received my MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan in 2015, and a BA in International Politics from Juniata College in 2012. From 2012-2013, I was a Fulbright ETA Fellow in Taiwan.

Contact me:

mrthomp [at] umich [dot] edu