THAD HALL portrait
  • Director, Master of Public Policy Program, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
  • Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
  • Professor, Political Science Department, University of Utah



  • Bachelor of Arts 1990, OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY
  • Master - Public Administration 1993, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Doctor of Philosophy 2002, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Honors & Awards

  • 2008-2009 Superior Research Award, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah . College of Social and Behavorial Science, 2009


Dr. Thad Hall is professor of political science at the University of Utah and is an expert on election administration and policy making in legislatures.  He has authored or coauthored more than 40 research articles and book chapters and seven books.  
His books on elections include: Point, Click, and Vote:  The Future of Internet Voting; and Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promise of Digital Democracy.  His most recent book is Evaluating Elections: A Handbook of Methods and Standards.  He also co-edited the books Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity Through Election Auditing and Election Fraud:  Detecting and Preventing Electoral Manipulation.  His research has been supported by grants from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Carnegie Corporation of New York.  He recently completed a study of Election Day voter registration for Demos and a study of all postal voting for the State of Utah. 
His work on policy making in Congress includes Abortion Politics in Congress: Strategic Incrementalism and Policy Change and Authorizing Policy.  

In the Media

  • "Mail-in ballots may boost turnout more than Net: Researchers find alternatives ways of voting are popular for their convenience but don't always increase the number of voters." London Free Press (Ontario). 03/15/2010.
  • “Congress Is Shirking Many of Its Most Basic Responsibilities.” Op-ed in Roll Call. With E. Scott Adler. 02/16/2010.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Estonia