Tom Long is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading and an Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. His research primarily focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations and the dynamics of asymmetry in IR. He was a visiting professor at CIDE in 2014-2015. Earlier, Tom taught at American University’s School of International Service, where he completed his doctorate in 2013. He has been named a 2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.
His research interests include U.S.-Latin American relations, foreign policy, Latin American politics, North America, and the role of small states and middle powers in asymmetrical relations. His first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence, was published in late 2015 by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, Amazon) and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs. Tom has published articles in International Security (with Max Paul Friedman), International Studies Review, Latin American Research Review (with Robert Pastor), Diplomatic History, International Politics, Foro Internacional, and The Latin Americanist. He has a chapter in a new book edited by Antoni Estevadeordal and Louis Goodman (Routledge 2017). His report, “Echoes of 1992: The NAFTA Negotiations and Now,” was released by the Wilson Center. He has done fieldwork in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and the United States, which has been or is currently being supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, Tinker Foundation, British Council, the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, and the Truman Library Institute.
He has presented at many conferences, including International Studies Association and Latin American Studies Association, and he has given invited papers and presentations at Oxford University, the College of Europe (Bruges), American University, FGV, UNAM, CIDE, and elsewhere. He was awarded Best Young Scholar by the Diplomatic Studies Section of ISA in 2015, and in 2013, he was awarded best paper by a graduate student by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies. In August 2016, he was a visiting fellow at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
Tom holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (August 2013), where he was privileged to work with scholars including Robert A. Pastor. He was a doctoral research fellow at the AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, where he contributed to the AULA Blog. Tom has taught courses on IR theory, Latin American politics and development, U.S. foreign policy, inter-American relations, history of global politics, international organizations, global governance, and international relations of small powers.