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 Dr. Tom Theuns

Tom Theuns started as post-doctoral researcher in the Horizon 2020 project 'Justice in Europe' in February 2018, working with Professor Bert van den Brink and Professor Barbara Oomen at UCR. He is also Associate Researcher at Sciences Po Paris in the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics. Prior to this, Tom worked as lecturer and tutor in Politics, Philosophy and Law at the University of Amsterdam PPLE College. In the summer of 2017 he worked as research fellow for the EUROGLOB strategic partnership between Sciences Po Paris and the European Union Program at Princeton University. Tom defended his PhD in Political Science (Political Theory track) at Sciences Po in 2017, supervised externally by Professor Justine Lacroix (ULB, Brussels) and examined by Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford) and Professor Ben Crum (VU Amsterdam). His PhD thesis has been nominated by Sciences Po for the 2018 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize and the 2019 EUSA best dissertation prize. Before Paris, he read for an MPhil in Politics: Political Theory at Balliol College, Oxford University, studying under Professors Simon Caney, David Miller, Mark Philp and Jeremy Waldron. His BA is in Liberal Arts and Sciences (cum laude) from University College Maastricht.

Tom's doctoral thesis, 'The Legitimacy of EU Democracy Promotion in the Neighbourhood', articulated a normative theory of democracy promotion and examined the legitimacy of EU democracy promotion in Eastern Europe and North Africa using the tools of political theory. Current research projects investigate the right to vote - especially the democratic legitimacy of disenfranchisement and the appropriate boundaries of the franchise - the tension between democratic ideals and EU free trade agreements, procedural accounts of the value and justification of democratic government, and the legitimate scope of EU policies designed to protect and entrench democratic government.

Tom Theuns has taught undergraduate courses in Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations, Legal Theory, the Philosophy of Science, the History of Political Thought and Research Methods for Sciences Po's programmes in Paris and Reims, at the University of Amsterdam, the Universtiy of Leiden and the University of Maastricht. He has published several book chapters and reviews as well as peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of European Integration, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Journal of Contemporary European Research, the Australian Journal of Politics and History and the Journal of Comparative Law


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