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Jasper Theodor Kauth

DPhil in Politics

Research Interests: migration, citizenship and exclusion, illiberalism, racism and anti-Semitism, legal and constitutional history and theory, law and politics, comparative politics, historical institutionalism, interpretive and comparative historical methods in social science research

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 several European countries as well as the United States, I set out to show that there exist long continuities in how Western democracies and international organisations approach migration governance. In my research, I am interested in combining approaches from history and the social sciences to uncover long term political traditions and the interactions of ideas and institutions. My work employs qualitative, interpretive-historical, and comparative methods. My supervisor is Desmond King.

Before starting the DPhil in Politics at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations and Nuffield College in 2019, I studied for 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). Throughout my Bachelor and Master's programmes in Heidelberg and Oxford, I was supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. My graduate and doctoral studies have been sponsored by St Hilda’s College, 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 (Cord Arendes, History Department Heidelberg), as a docent at the President Friedrich Ebert Memorial and Foundation (Heidelberg), and translated academic publications from German into English. In 2012-13, I was the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) Fellow 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 (Philadelphia, PA) in 2017. Additional previous and current projects include research on the Weimar Republic, 1920s international politics, migrant detention and expulsion, anti-Semitism, illiberalism, citizenship, Hermann Heller's constitutional and legal theory, the intersection of law and politics (especially the role of public prosecutors) – and the history of asparagus cultivation.

Jasper Theodor Kauth