Tom Theuns

Post-doctoral researcher, Utrecht University
Research Associate, University College Roosevelt

Tom Theuns is post-doctoral researcher in the Horizon 2020 project ‘ETHOS: Justice in Europe’ at Utrecht University, and Research Associate at University College Roosevelt. Prior to this, Tom worked as lecturer and tutor in Politics at the University of Amsterdam. In the summer of 2017, he was a fellow in the EUROGLOB strategic partnership beween the CEE and the European Union Program at Princeton University run by Colin Hay (CEE) and Sophie Meunier (Princeton).

Tom defended his PhD in Political Science at Sciences Po in 2017, supervised externally by Justine Lacroix (ULB, Brussels) and examined by Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford) and Ben Crum (VU Amsterdam). Before Paris, he read for an MPhil in Politics at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (cum laude) at University College Maastricht.

Tom's doctoral thesis, ‘The Legitimacy of EU Democracy Promotion in the Neighbourhood’, articulated a theory of democracy promotion and examined the legitimacy and desirability 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 published several book chapters and reviews as well as peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of European Integration, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, and the Journal of Comparative Law.


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