Tobias Müller



Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge


Tobias is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and College Research Associate at King's College, University of Cambridge. Tobias is a post-doctoral researcher at the EU funded Horizon 2020 project DRIVE at Leiden University and was principal researcher of SORGES, a project on religion, gender, and the state at the Woolf Institute and the University of Cambridge. He is interested in political and social theory, postcolonial and feminist theory, secularism and religion, and the politics of the climate emergency. With a preference for ethnographic methods, he examines how different groups challenge political institutions and how contemporary states respond to these challenges.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Tobias is involved in the program “The Future of Democracy".


“The climate debate is often centered around the idea of the Anthropocene – the industrial age and the incredible impact of humans on the planet. But before that, there was colonialism – which meant genocide, slavery, and the complete transformation of ecosystems.“

  • What gives you hope?

    The incessant desire of people who experience the worst of a broken world to strive towards beauty and justice, in defiant, dancing resistance.

  • How does change happen?

    When we honestly share our vulnerabilities and we act out of the conviction that our liberation is inextricably linked to the liberation of all beings, human and more-than-human.

  • What is human?

    To live in contradiction, and to still love.


“State, Space, Secularism: Towards a Critical Study of Governing Religion”, in: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021

“People of Faith Are Allies to Stall Climate Change”, in: Nature, 2021

“Islam and Space in Europe: The Politics of Race, Time, and Secularism” (with Adela Taleb and Chris Moses), in: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021

“Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, Performance” (ed., with Adela Taleb and Chris Moses), special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021

“Secularisation Theory and Its Discontents: Recapturing Decolonial and Gendered Narratives”, in: Social Compass, 2020

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