Todd Tucker

Director, Governance Studies

Todd N. Tucker is a political scientist and Director of Governance Studies at the Roosevelt Institute, where he helps lead research on global governance, democracy, and the administrative state as part of the Climate and Economic Transformation team. A recognized expert on trade and political economy, Dr. Tucker has testified before legislatures and expert committees around the world. His writing has been featured in PoliticoTime MagazineDemocracy Journal, the Financial Times, and The Washington Post.

He is author of Judge Knot: Politics and Development in International Investment Law (Anthem Press 2018), along with other academic research published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and others. Prior to his doctoral work, he led research on international issues for Public Citizen and worked as an analyst at other think tanks. He was the principal investigator on several major grants, including from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Sloan Foundation, which supported his research on The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority, a co-authored book exploring over 200 years of history of U.S. inter-branch relations on trade. Additionally, he has authored over 70 major reports, including Fixing the Senate: Equitable and Full Representation for the 21st Century and Industrial Policy and Planning: What It Is and How to Do It Better for Roosevelt.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Tucker received his B.A. from the George Washington University and his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University and the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Heather.