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Neil Thomas

Senior Research Associate, Think Tank

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Neil Thomas is a Senior Research Associate at MacroPolo, the in-house Think Tank of the Paulson Institute, where he works on Chinese politics, US-China relations, and international political economy. His research for MacroPolo has featured in publications including The EconomistThe Financial Times, The Wall Street JournalWIRED, Axios, Politico, and The Browser. He also serves as a Lecturer in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Neil previously worked for the Australian National University, both as a Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World and as a Research Project Officer at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He also spent time with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Danwei Media, and The Texas Tribune, and has written for outlets such as Foreign Policy, The Washington PostThe South China Morning Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Australian Financial Review, and the International Journal of Public Policy.

Neil holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an IGA Student Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of Western Australia, where he was a UWA Fogarty Scholar.