Tom Hanna

Tom Hanna
University of Houston | U of H, UH · Department of Political Science

Bachelor of Science


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Tom Hanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston studying international relations and comparative politics. His specific research interests are in authoritarian politics, leadership ideology, and international politic economy. He received a B.S. in political science with a minor economics from the University of Houston.
August 2016 - May 2018
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Political Science


Publications (2)
Conference Paper
Why are some autocracies more prone to interstate conflict than others? Recent scholarship on authoritarian politics and international conflict has demonstrated the role of institutional constraints on autocratic leaders and explored the size of leaders’ coalitions. Yet, institutional configurations do not tell us everything we need to know about a...
Conference Paper
Why do some regimes engage in autocracy promotion through conflict export? Many authoritarian regimes never engage in autocracy promotion, especially on a broad scale. Yet countries such as Iraq, Cuba, North Korea and Afghanistan engage in autocracy promotion through activities including interstate conflict, support for insurgencies, illicit arms s...


Project (1)
This is my dissertation project examining ideological autocracy promotion through the lenses of interstate conflict, conflict export, and cooperative behaviors.