Tobias Cremer is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council his doctoral research focuses on the relationship between religion and the new wave of right-wing populism in Western Europe and North America. In particular, the project aims to understand the ways in which traditionally secularist right-wing populist parties are seeking to employ Christian symbols and language as cultural identity markers, and how believers and Church authorities are reacting to such co-optation attempts.
Prior to coming to Cambridge Tobias was a McCloy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received a Master in Public Policy. He also holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Sciences Po Paris and an MPhil in Politics and International Studies from Cambridge, where wrote his dissertation on the European geopolitics of Islam. He has gathered work experience in the German Parliament, the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office and in Management Consulting, and acted as an advisor to the German Foreign Office’s strategic communication unit during his time at Harvard. Tobias’ research interests span European geopolitics, the transatlantic relationship, the politics of religion and populism, and the role of culture and communication in foreign affairs.
News & Events
24th Apr 2018
CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Leor Zmigrod has published a paper on the psychological processes that give rise to nationalistic ideologies in the context of the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU Referendum. The research identified cognitive information processing styles that contribute towards support for Brexit and opposition to immigration and free movement of labour. Specifically, the findings […]
21st Feb 2018
In January 2018 CIRIS released a fascinating new report by Prof Chris Douglas on religion and fake news. The report explores the religious dimension of fake news in both Europe and the United States and offers recommendations for how policymakers and other leaders can fight back against faith-based fake news. Christopher Douglas teaches American literature and […]
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