Tobias Müller



Tobias Müller is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and College Research Associate at King's College, University of Cambridge. He was principal researcher at the Woolf Institute and the University of Cambridge and was a post-doctoral researcher at the EU funded Horizon 2020 Project DRIVE at Leiden University. He is interested in political and social theory, postcolonial and feminist theory, secularism and religion, and the politics of the climate emergency. With a special preference for ethnographic methods, he examines how different groups challenge political institutions and how contemporary states respond to these challenges. Tobias Müller has recently co-edited a special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies on “Reconsidering Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, Performance” and has published an op-ed in Nature on why people of faith might be our best hope to stall climate change. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, he will work on the programme "The Foundations of Value and Values".

Selected Publications

  • "State, Space, Secularism: Towards a Critical Study of Governing Religion", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021
  • “People of Faith are Allies to Stall Climate Change”, Nature, 2021
  • "The Politics of Islam and Space in Europe: The politics of race, time and secularism", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021, (with Adela Taleb and Chris Moses)
  • "Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, Performance", Special Issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021, (edited with Adela Taleb and Chris Moses)
  • “Secularisation theory and its discontents: Recapturing decolonial and gendered narraives”, Social Compass, 2020


What gives you hope?

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

How does change happen?

When people share their vulnerabilities and come to 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.


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