Post-doctoral researcher in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence
Tobias Müller is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University in The Hague. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include political and social theory, decolonial and feminist theory, secularism and religion, masculinities and extremism, and the politics of climate change.
At Leiden, Tobias works on the EU funded H2020 project DRIVE, which investigates the role of social exclusion in thinking about far-right and Islamist extremism in North-West Europe. The project focusses in particular on the role of masculinities, white supremacy, local identity and mutual radicalisation.
Tobias’ research explores how different social, religious and political groups challenge political institutions and how contemporary states respond to these challenges. He is interested in employing ethnographic methods to discover the experiences and meanings of contested politics on the ground and use these for rethinking political concepts and theories.
His recent work was published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Political Theory, Social Compass, Review of Faith & International Affairs, and Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft / Comparative Politics and Governance. He is co-editor of a special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies on “Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, Performance” and co-editor of a special issue in the American Behavioural Scientist on “Strictly Observant Religion, Gender and the State in the 21st Century”.
From 2018-2020, Tobias Müller was principal researcher of the project Strictly Observant Religion, Gender and the State at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. The project investigated how groups that claim strict observance to their religion interact with the state regarding questions of gender and sexuality.
Tobias' research has been supported by a Junior Research Fellowship at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust. Tobias holds an MPhil in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Study of Religion and Culture and a BA in Politics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.