Dr. Tobias Müller

He explores how different social, religious and political groups challenge political institutions and how contemporary states respond to these challenges.

Tobias worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Drive project from 1 January-31 December 2021. He is presently an associate fellow. Tobias’ work looks at how various social, religious, and political groups challenge political institutions, as well as how modern nations react to these challenges. He is interested in applying ethnographic approaches to learn about the realities and meanings of disputed politics on the ground, as well as rethinking political notions and theories. His most recent publications include articles in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Political Theory, Social Compass, Review of Faith & International Affairs, and Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft / Comparative Politics and Governance. He co-edited an issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies entitled, ‘Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, and Performance’, as well as an issue of American Behavioural Scientist entitled, ‘Strictly Observant Religion, Gender, and the State in the Twenty-First Century’. Tobias was the senior researcher on the project Strictly Observant Religion, Gender, and the State at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge from 2018 to 2020. The research looked at how religious groups who profess to be rigorous adherents of their faith engage with the state on issues of gender and sexuality. Tobias’ study was funded by a Junior Research Fellowship at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge as well as a Vice-Award Chancellor’s from the Cambridge Trust. Tobias has an MPhil in Politics and International Studies from Cambridge, as well as an MA in Religion and Culture Studies and a BA in Politics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Dr. Tobias Müller
The New Institute
Researcher
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