Michael Thrasher is a British academic, Professor of Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics & Law at the University of Plymouth. He is also Sky News' election analyst.
Thrasher was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1953. he received his BA in politics from the University of Liverpool in 1974. He remained in Liverpool to study for his doctoral thesis, "The political theory of English local government, 1834-1972". He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1981. He began lecturing at Plymouth in 1977, becoming Professor of Politics in 1997. He is co-director of the Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre.
With his colleague Colin Rallings, Thrasher has written extensively on electoral systems, results and British politics. He is co-director of the Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre. Thrasher appeared on Sky News' 2017 election coverage, and has appeared on the channel's election night coverage as a psephologist for every election since 1992.