Thomas’s research focuses on the activities of international financial institutions. He is also the curator of IMF Monitor, a data hub used by civil society and policymakers to track activities of the International Monetary Fund.
Thomas’s publications have appeared in leading academic journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Organizations, Social Science & Medicine, and World Development.
Thomas is currently pursuing the following research questions:
- How do policy conditions attached to International Monetary Fund loans affect poverty, inequality, and health outcomes?
- What is the response of international financial institutions to the Covid-19 pandemic and how is it impacting development policy and outcomes?
- How does technical assistance delivered by international financial institutions spread policy norms to domestic policymakers?
- Why does effective social policy emerge in some East African countries but not others and what insights can political economy analysis offer?