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Jasper Theodor Kauth

DPhil in Politics

Research Interests: migration and citizenship; colonialism, racism, and antisemitism; constitutional history and theory; historical sociology and historical institutionalism (European and American Political Development); 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 interwar 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 combine approaches from history and the social sciences to uncover 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 was the Allianz Foundation Fellow at ARSP in Philadelphia, PA, in 2017. Additional projects include American politics and conspiracy theories, Hermann Heller's constitutional theory, the political role of public prosecutors, state building and the control of mobility, the logics of illiberalism in liberal democracies, Critical Realism and comparative political science – and the history of asparagus cultivation.

I can provide undergraduate teaching in Prelims "Introduction to the Practice of Politics" (Section B) and of papers 205: "The Government and Politics of the United States" and 212: "International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars".


Jasper Theodor Kauth