Michael Tomz awarded Cox Medal

Michael Tomz

Michael Tomz

Michael Tomz, assistant professor of political science, was awarded the 2005 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research during a campus ceremony June 11.

The Cox Medal was established in memory of Allan Cox, a professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences. It is awarded annually to a faculty member who has established a record of excellence directing undergraduate research over a number of years. It also may go to a faculty member who has done an especially outstanding job with just one or two undergraduates whose work is unusually excellent.

Tomz was cited for "his exceptional leadership in fostering the Political Science Undergraduate Summer Research College . . . ; his creativity in incorporating undergraduates into the intellectual and social life of the department . . . ; acting as a role model whose enthusiasm and intellectual brilliance inspire the same passion for excellence and knowledge in his students; his generous mentorship of honors students; encouraging his students to present their work and ensuring that they receive the training they need to communicate their ideas effectively; his widely appreciated wit and whimsy, as evidenced by his poetry, and for the judicious use of ice cream in political science research."

Tomz graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1992. He earned a master's degree in politics from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 1994 and a doctorate in political science from Harvard in 2001. He has been teaching at Stanford since 2001.

Tomz has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science and Political Analysis. He co-edited Modern Political Economy and Latin America: Theory and Policy and is working on a book titled Sovereign Debt and International Cooperation: Reputational Reasons for Lending and Repayment.

Tomz's research interests include the fields of international relations, public opinion and quantitative methods. He also writes on political economy and develops statistical software. His computer program, CLARIFY, won the Okidata Award in 1999 for the best research software in political science.

From 1999 to 2000, Tomz held a MacArthur Fellowship in transnational security and, in 2006, he will take up a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. On campus, Tomz is an affiliate of the Social Science History Institute and a faculty fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development. In 2003, he received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.