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Research Staff: Thomas Gais

Thomas Gais

Thomas Gais
Thomas L. Gais is director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York. Before becoming director in 2010, Gais served as acting director, co-director, senior fellow, and fellow since he came to the Institute in 1994. His research has focused on American federalism, particularly the implementation of national social and health initiatives by state governments; the dynamics of state spending on social programs and relationships to changing needs; the role of analysis and experimentation in the routine operations of government; the comparative effectiveness of faith-based social service organizations; performance measurement and management; nonprofit social service organizations and their relations with governments; campaign finance reforms and their effects; state constitutional reforms; and interest group formation, maintenance, and strategies. Gais has taught at Barnard College, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Areas of Expertise:

Education, Federalism, Government Reform, Higher Education, Social service spending, Welfare reform.

Curriculum vitae

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