Thomas Fetzer joined the department in 2009. He received his Ph D from the European University Institute in Florence (Department of History and Civilization) in 2005. Before joining CEU, Thomas held post-doctoral research and teaching positions at the Max-Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne (2006), the London School of Economics (2007-2008) and the University of Warwick (2009).
His current research interests are primarily related to the role of ideas in the international political economy, with a specific focus on (economic) nationalism, as well as the relationship between international political economy and security studies. Thomas is also involved in projects addressing the significance of history and memory politics for International Relations, with particular emphasis on the recent transformations unleashed by the Russo-Ukrainian war. Moreoer, building on earlier work on labour in the global economy, Thomas continues researching the implications of international political economy for socio-economic inequality and collective interest formation, including the exploration of questions about how to conceptualize social and economic justice in the context of the international economy. He also has a strong interest in the methodological debates about the relationship between history and the social sciences.