Tom Long
2015, IPSI, New Era
Lecturer in International Relations, University of Reading (UK)



Tom Long is a Lecturer at the University of Reading. He has been a visiting professor in International Relations at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City and previously taught at American University’s School of International Service.

His research interests include U.S.-Latin American relations, foreign policy, Latin American politics, and the dynamics of power asymmetries in IR. His first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 (reviewed in Foreign Affairs). It employs historical cases to examine the goals and strategies of Latin American leaders vis-a-vis the United States. He has done fieldwork in Colombia, Panama, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil. Tom has published academic articles in International Security (with Max Paul Friedman), Latin American Research Review (with Robert Pastor), and Diplomatic History; he has forthcoming articles in International Studies Review, Foro Internacional, The Latin Americanist, International Politics, and Regional Public Goods, Global Governance and Sustainable Development.

His policy and general-audience writing includes the report, “Echoes of 1992: The NAFTA Negotiations and Now,” which was released by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, and articles on U.S.-Latin American relations in The National Interest, the Orlando Sentinel, and Mexico’s El Universal.

Tom holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tom has taught courses on IR theory, U.S. foreign policy, Latin America, inter-American relations, international organizations, global governance, and small states.


Americas, Foreign Policy