Thomas Hill is a Visiting Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. His research focuses on modernization of U.S. foreign policy institutions. Previously, Mr. Hill served as a Senior Professional Staff Member with the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), majority staff covering Department of State operations including democracy and human rights promotion, the Middle East and North Africa, the international organizations (i.e. United Nations), and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) as well as U.S. public diplomacy more broadly. Prior to joining the Committee, he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State for almost nine years. During that time, Mr. Hill served as the Strategic Planning Coordinator for the Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (2009-2013); as the Governance Advisor to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Sadr City, Iraq (2008-2009); as the Freedom Agenda Coordination Team (FACT) Director (2008); as the acting-Deputy Director for the State Department’s Iran Democracy Program (2007); and as the foreign assistance coordinator for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2005-2006).
Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Hill worked as a research assistant at Democratic Dialogue in Belfast, N. Ireland (2002) and served as a claims writer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Amman, Jordan (2001).
Mr. Hill recently completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Political Science at George Washington University, researching the factors that determine the speed of regime collapse and democratic development in the “Arab Spring” states. He holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University (2006); and, a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University (2000). He has studied Arabic at Birzeit University (2000) in the West Bank, Israel and speaks Spanish and limited French.
- Executive Branch
- Global Governance & Politics
- Middle East & North Africa
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Governance Studies
- Additional Expertise Areas
- U.S. Public Diplomacy & International Broadcasting
- U.S. Congress
- Current Position
- Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow
- Past Positions
- U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (HFAC), Senior Professional Staff Member
- Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State
- M.A., International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University
- B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University
- Language Fluency
- Spanish, proficient
- Arabic, moderate
- French, minimal