Thomas W. Gilligan

Tad and Dianne Taube Director

Thomas W. Gilligan assumed the role of the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution in September of 2015.  A scholar in economics and political science, Gilligan also serves as a senior fellow at Hoover.  Gilligan has had a long-standing relationship with the Hoover Institution and Stanford University serving as a Hoover national fellow in 1989-90 and a visiting faculty member at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989-90 and again in 1994.
Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Gilligan was dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the United States. Before that, Gilligan held several key administrative roles at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Most notable positions included interim Dean, Vice Dean of Undergraduate Education, director of the Ph.D. program, and Chair of the Finance and Business Economics Department. Gilligan holds the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership.
Gilligan received his B.A. in 1979 at the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in 1984. He taught Economics at the California Institute of Technology (1984-1987) and during his tenure at USC he held visiting appointments at Stanford University (1989-1990 and 1994) and Northwestern University (1995-1996). He was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1972-1976.

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Economics To Host Gilligan For BB&T Center For The Study Of Capitalism Lecture

featuring Thomas W. Gilliganvia WKU
Monday, February 18, 2019

Providing an idea of what think tanks do and how they work is the subject of an upcoming lecture by Thomas Gilligan of the Hoover Institute to be held on Thursday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Grise Hall’s Guillaume Auditorium. Gilligan’s lecture is sponsored by the BB&T Center of the Study. Of Capitalism and the public is invited.

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Faculty Senate Hears Reports From Hoover Institution And Graduate School Of Business

featuring Hoover Institution, Thomas W. Gilliganvia Stanford News
Friday, February 8, 2019

In his presentation, Thomas Gilligan, director of the Hoover Institution, highlighted the institution’s strengths as a policy research center and archive, its engagement with the university and its aspirations for the future.


American Exceptionalism in a New Era

by Thomas W. Gilliganvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, June 7, 2018

In American Exceptionalism in a New Era, editor Thomas W. Gilligan, director of the Hoover Institution, has compiled thirteen essays by Hoover fellows that discuss the unique factors that have historically set America apart from other nations and show how America and its people have prospered and emerged as global leaders by prizing individuality and economic freedom and explore key factors in America’s success, including immigration, education, divided government, light regulation, low taxes, and social mobility. America isn’t perfect, they argue, but it is exceptional.