Tobias Muller

Junior Research Fellow at Woolf Institute


Tobias Müller is a Junior Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute and College Research Associate at King’s College. He is a political theorist drawing on ethnographic data working in the fields of contemporary political theory, political anthropology, gender, secularism and religion. Tobias holds degrees in Politics, International Relations, Study of Religion, and Law from the University of Cambridge and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

Tobias is principal researcher of the project Strictly Observant Religion, Gender and the State on which he is working with Dr Ed Kessler MBE. The project aims to understand how groups that claim strict observance to their religion interact with the state regarding questions of gender and sexuality. It seeks to investigate how gender and sexuality emerge as fields of contestation between religious people and the secular-liberal order advanced through the modern state.

Tobias' PhD research, Muslims and the Relational State. Contesting Security, Identity, Diversity, supervised by Dr Sara Silvestri and Prof Duncan Kelly, was supported by a Vice Chancellor's Award from the University of Cambridge and a doctoral scholarship of the German National Scholarship Foundation. His doctoral research investigated patterns of the mutually transformative interactions of Muslims and various levels of the state through the lens of two diverse urban neighbourhoods in Germany and the UK.

Tobias' recent work was published in Political Theory, Review of Faith & International Affairs, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft / Comparative Politics and Governance and Rivista di Politica. He is co-editor of a special issue in Ethnic and Racial Studies on “Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe: Governance, Institutions, Performance”. His research interests include 20th century political thought, continental, post-colonial and critical political theory, politics of secularism and religion in Europe.

  • 7 July 2022, 5:30pm

    The Inaugural Reynolds Lecture - 7 July 2022

    This inaugural Reynolds Lecture will be delivered by Dr Robert Macfarlane and will explore the landscapes, lawscapes, complexities, histories and futures of this new-old idea that the natural world is far more alive than we allow.