Thomas Vargas

Thomas Vargas

Behavioural Scientist

Impact Canada


I’m a Behavioural Science Fellow at the Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, supporting evidence-based work across the federal government. My published work explores the politics of education and issues in political economy. These days I’m thinking about trust in government and the spread of misinformation and disinformation on social networks.

I was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica before moving to the US for my university training. I moved to Canada in 2020. A political scientist by training, my work appears in Comparative Politics, World Development, and other journals. Prior to grad school, I worked for two years for the MIT Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Santiago, Chile. I’m also an #rstats fan/evangelist.

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  • Politics of Education
  • Misinformation
  • Causal Inference
  • Data Science
  • PhD in Political Science, 2020

    University of Minnesota

  • Master of Public Policy, 2012

    The College of William & Mary

  • BS in Foreign Service, 2010

    Georgetown University