Thomas Dowling is pursuing an M.Sc. in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford. He is a Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, Lincoln Academy Laureate, and Fulbright participant. He has previously served as deputy chief of staff to Rep. Carol Ammons and has worked for the AFL-CIO, the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, Center for American Progress, and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. in political science and history, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.