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Tom Long

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Associate Professor in New Rising World Powers

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I joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in New Rising World Powers and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. Since joining PAIS, I have been nominated University Awards for "Brilliant Newcomer," "Student Experience" (highly commended), and "Research Contribution" (short-listed). While my research is situated in International Relations, it draws heavily on historical sources and methods. I am a member of Warwick's Global History and Culture Centre. I am also an Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. In 2018, I was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, and have held research fellowships at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. I previously taught at the University of Reading, CIDE, and American University’s School of International Service, where I completed my doctorate in 2013.


My research primarily focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations and the dynamics of asymmetry in IR, as well as topics related to emerging powers, Latin American politics, North America, and small states. My first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence, was published in late 2015 by Cambridge University Press and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs. It is now out in paperback. My articles have appeared in major politics and IR journals including World Politics, International Security, International Affairs, International Studies Review, and Perspectives on Politics, and regional studies journals such as Bulletin of Latin American Research, Latin American Research Review, and Foro Internacional. I am currently working on projects related to Latin America and the "liberal international order" and the influence of small states. I chair the Robert A. Pastor North American Research Initiative.

I have done fieldwork in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and the United States, supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, Tinker Foundation, British Council, the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, and the Truman Library Institute. In August 2016, I was a visiting fellow at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro and in Spring 2017 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota on multiple occasions.

More information about publications and projects can be found on my publications page.


In 2020-2021, I will be directing the third-year modules “Latin America: Democratisation and Development” and “International Relations of the Americas” (PO396 and PO397). I also direct the MA module “Examining Rising World Powers” (PO9B7). I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. In the past, I have taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels on U.S.-Latin American relations, U.S. foreign policy, Latin American politics, international organizations and global governance, International Relations theory (English and Spanish), and small states.