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Jasper Theodor Kauth

DPhil in Politics

Research Interests: migration, citizenship, and exclusion, racism and antisemitism, legal and constitutional history and theory, historical sociology, philosophy and methodology of social science

My DPhil project focuses on the historical dimension of migration politics in liberal democracies with a special focus on the inter-war period. By drawing from ideational critical juncture and institutional order arguments and by comparing political developments in Europe and the United States, I set out to show that there exist long continuities in how Western democracies attempt to regulate and control migration. These attempts, I argue, are entangled with ideas about race and differential humanity. In my research, I am interested in combining approaches from history and the social sciences within a critical realist framework to uncover long term political traditions and the interactions of ideas and institutions. My work employs qualitative, historical, and comparative methods. My primary supervisor is Desmond King. My secondary supervisors are Andrew Thompson (College) and Matthew Gibney (Department).

Before starting the DPhil in Politics at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College in 2019, I completed the MSc in Politics Research (St Hilda's College, Oxford, 2019). I hold a double-major BA in History and Political Science from Heidelberg University, Germany (2018). During my studies at Heidelberg, I spent a year at St Hugh’s College (Oxford, 2016-17). My Bachelor and Master's programmes in Heidelberg and Oxford were funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and St Hilda's College. My doctoral studies have been jointly funded by Nuffield College and the Economic and Social Research Council's Grand Union DTP (Migration Pathway).

In the past, I worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Chair for Public History, History Department Heidelberg (Cord Arendes), as a docent at the President Friedrich Ebert Memorial and Foundation, Heidelberg, and edited and translated academic publications (from German into English). In 2012-13, I was the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace Fellow (ARSP, international peace service) at the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, both Pittsburgh, PA. I acted as the Allianz Foundation Fellow at ARSP in Philadelphia, PA, in 2017. Additional previous and current projects include research on the Weimar Republic and 1920s international politics, mobility control and expulsion, antisemitism, the logics of illiberalism, Hermann Heller's constitutional and legal theory, the political role of public prosecutors in high profile criminal cases, Critical Realism – and the history of asparagus cultivation.

I offer undergraduate teaching in Prelims "Introduction to the Practice of Politics" (Section B) and of paper 212: "International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars".


Jasper Theodor Kauth