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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Tobias’ doctoral research focuses on the relationship between religion and of right-wing populism in Western Europe and North America. In particular, the project aims to understand the ways in which 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. He has gathered work experience in the German Parliament, the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office and in Management Consulting.


-          Right-wing Populism

-          Religion and Politics

-          International Relations

-          Religion and Diplomacy


Key publications: 

Faith in an Age of Political Fratricide (Co-authored with David Elcott et al,), Forthcoming, Notre Dame University Press.


“Defenders of the Faith: Why Right-wing Populists are embracing Religion”, New Statesman (Cover Page article) 30.05.2018.


“'Us' and 'Them': populism and religious identity in the West”, LSE Festival of ideas: New World (Dis)Orders (02.03.2019)


“The Rising Right in Europe” Interview for a BBC Radio 4 documentary (18.03.2019)


“The Religion Gap: Why right-wing populists underperform among Christian voters and what this means for the role of the Church in society”, LSE Religion and Global Society Series 20.12.2018


“The Far Right and Christianity”, on BBC Radio 4 “Beyond Belief” (03.12.2018)

“The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy” (Contributing author) Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Research Working Paper Series, July 2017.


College: Peterhouse
Supervisor: Dr. Julie Smith
 Tobias   Cremer
Not available for consultancy